MHS hosts Farm Bureau ATV safety program

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Manila High School hosted an ATV safety program through Arkansas Farm Bureau on Monday morning. Principal Robin Baugher thanked representatives of Farm Bureau for sharing such a great message with the young people.

Manila Principal Robin Baugher welcomes Farm Bureau representatives Sharon and Tommy Hitt, Sherry Felts, and Arkansas Farm Bureau Safety Coordinator Matt Jackson.

Matt Jackson, safety coordinator, with Arkansas Farm Bureau, spoke to the students on ATV Safety.

"Last year there were 12 deaths from ATV accidents just in the central Arkansas area," Jackson said. "The youngest of the 12 deaths was a two year old. We don't share the safety tips to make it not fun, we do this so we can go back and ride the next day."

The true story, depicted on a video, was put together by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Jackson talked to the students about the importance of obeying the laws on where to ride, always getting permission from the land owners and being familiar with the riding areas, always wearing helmets and the proper gear, single driving only (unless the ATV is made for two), making sure the ATV is the right size for the driver, and many other useful tips.

He also suggested the students take the safety classes.

Also representing Mississippi County Farm Bureau at the program were Sherry Felts, chairman of the Women's Committee and past Farm Bureau President Tommy Hitt and wife, Sharon Hitt.

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