Press Release –
ATV Safety Awareness Focus of KMC Involvement
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) announced continuation of its sponsorship of the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day camp program. The powersports marketer specifically underwrites a hands-on effort targeted at safety awareness of all terrain vehicles (ATV) usage in a farm environment.
The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day camp program has been helping to educate children, parents, and volunteers about various elements of farm safety. As the only North American program of its kind, Progressive Agriculture Safety Day camps have been held in 756 communities, 42 states and four Canadian provinces. The program has positively influenced the lives of more than 500,000 children and adults living in agricultural communities.
During the ATV component of the day-long comprehensive program, the Safety Day instructor gathers the youths around an ATV and discusses riding techniques and safety rules that are particularly applicable in the farm environment. The instructor covers the recommended wearing apparel such as helmets, goggles, gloves, long pants and boots, and there is a discussion regarding selection of the appropriate sized ATV based on the operator’s age.
We are pleased that we have been able to increase the number of camps in the past ten years, from 19 camps in 1995 to 356 camps in 2006, reaching over 53,000 rural children and 18,000 adults, said Susan Reynolds, Executive Director Programs. The camps not only affect the lives of the participants, coordinators, and volunteers, but they also touch the lives of their families, friends and communities.
“The Agriculture Safety Day Camp program is ideally suited to help spread the message about ATV safety,” said Roger Hagie, director of public affairs for KMC. “The program has a positive record of informing parents and children about the safe and appropriate use of ATV vehicles. We are proud to support the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program.
The instruction offered in the Safety Day Camp regarding the important choice of appropriate sized ATV for youthful operators between the ages of 6 and 16 is identical to the age recommendations made to all Kawasaki ATV buyers. Information about the age recommendations, safety apparel and protective clothing, and additional ATV training courses is available by calling the ATV Safety Institute at 1-800-887-2887.
Those interested in attending a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day camp, applying to coordinate a camp, making a contribution to the foundation, or finding out more about the program, can go to progressiveag.org or call 888-257-3529.