ATV “Ride-Safe” Training Simulator Brought To Española YMCA
ESPAÑOLA – On Tuesday New Mexico Game and Fish Department Conservation Officer Ross Morgan and Game & Fish Trail Ambassadors Jerome Sanchez, Ron Karcher and Curtis Miera brought an off highway vehicle simulator to the Española Family YMCA to teach local youth about ATV safety.
The event included the setup of a full sized ATV simulator that can simulate almost any ATV driving experience and allow instructors to train new drivers on how to safely handle one of these machines.
ATV accidents are a leading cause of serious injury or death in motorized outdoor recreational activities. According the the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons the number of fatalities per year has increased from 29 in 1982 to 766 in 2007. More than a quarter of the total 10,281 deaths reported from 1982 to 2009 were children younger than 16 years.
Ron Karcher, and the other Game & Fish Department’s volunteer Trail Ambassadors spent several months organizing the event. Conservation Officer Ross Morgan and the volunteer Trail Ambasadors Jerome Sanchez, Ron Karcher and Curtis Miera worked with each youth who spent the time on the simulator learning how to avoid a roll-over or other accident.
Ben Sandoval, Director of the Española Family YMCA helped make the event happen by providing a venue and willing youth to undertake the training.
The State’s Game & Fish Dept. also provides a more in depth training for ATV vehicle owners or anyone wishing to learn more about ATV safety. Participants in that program can either bring their own ATV ro have one supplied for them if they have not yet purchased one.
See below for some images of the event.