Special to the Reporter

Each year, hundreds of children are injured (and some deaths occur) while riding ATVs. Texas AgriLife Extension 4-H Youth Development is proud to announce a new, free program designed to teach safe and responsible ATV operation to 4-H children and their family members.

The Somervell County 4-H Club will offer the free safety classes to any 4-H member on Oct. 16 at the Soccer Park located on Texas Drive behind the Somervell County Expo Center.

The four-hour RiderCourses will begin at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The free classes are open to any 4-Her over the age of 12 and their family members. Children age 12 to 15 must ride an ATV no larger than 90cc. Age 16 and up can ride any size ATV. Safety course participants must wear all appropriate safety gear, including a helmet, gloves and eye protection.

4-H members who would like to take the RiderCourse and do not own the proper sized ATV or have the safety gear should contact the Somervell County 4-H office to register for the course and request a loaner. A limited number of loaner ATVs and safety gear is available, so be sure and register as early as possible. 4-H family members with their own ATVs are encouraged to bring them.

At the conclusion of the ATV Safety Institute approved RiderCourse, participants receive a completion certificate that is required for riding an ATV on most public lands in the United States.

For more information or to register for the RiderCourse, call the Somervell County 4-H office at 897-2809.