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a per student basis with its mandatory approach on classroom education, with a lower cost per pupil due to limited liability (not mandated to ride an ORV during class thus limiting instructor liability), the distribution of instructors across the state through the county sheriff network and the excellent complementary access many county sheriff departments already have to K-12 schools and other classroom venues through marine safety education.
ORV safety education should use a graduated age system where all new ORV licensees should be mandated to complete an ORV safety training course if born after December 31, 1988.
Rational is that the 1998-99 ORV licensee study (Nelson et al. 2000) found that many ORV riders, especially those who license ATVs, did not begin riding ORVs until adulthood. This group of riders closely resembles new hunters who begin as adults. It is important that they are familiar with ORV laws and regulations, as well as safe operating procedures for ORVs. However, the capacity to immediately administer ORV safety training to new ORV operators of all ages does not exist. This graduate approach is similar to the way hunter safety mandates that all new hunters complete a hunter safety training course if born after December 31, 1977.
Fiscal implications are likely to be moderate. It is estimated that approximately 10% of hunter safety training students are above the age of
This proportion is also similar for marine safety as those over 15 take
the course to gain a reduction in liability insurance on personal watercraft policies. These proportions may be similar for new ORV riders/licensees. The educational load will also grow gradually if the baseline date is set at December 31, 1988.
DNR Law Enforcement Division should implement a comprehensive ORV fatal accident tracking system that operates in a manner similar to the system DNR now uses to track snowmobile fatalities.
Rationale is that this would provide accurate information to assess the rate of ORV fatalities in comparison to safety education efforts, the number of annual ORV licenses, the number of ORV days, location/situation of fatal accidents, etc. This would facilitate targeting educational safety messages to situations of greatest danger to riders. It would also help answer questions about the relative risk of riding in various situations.
Fiscal implications are moderately significant due to additional accident investigation, developing a reporting format to meet objectives beyond typical traffic reporting and more data entry. However, the benefit of accurate information that can enhance rider safety in the long run is more valuable.
Once the DNR implements a comprehensive ORV safety education and training program with a standardized curriculum, curricular materials should available on the internet at the DNR’s website.
Rationale is that this would provide round the clock access for virtually any Michiganian or visitor to clearly understand ORV law and regulations