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Posted on: September 25, 2019

Scott County Sheriff’s Office is now offering ATV Safety Training

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office is now offering a free Hands-on ATV Safety Training on October 20, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for kids ages 10 to 15 at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club in Prior Lake.  This half-day class fulfills the second part of the state requirements for ATV certification.


Minnesota state law requires all ATV operators born after July 1, 1987 and OHM riders under the age of 16 to complete an approved safety course before riding on public lands. 


This Hands-on ATV Safety Training is taught by Sheriff’s Office’s Recreational Safety Deputies and includes:  basic ATV operation; protecting the environment; common ATV parts and controls; MN rules and laws; responsible ATV riding skills for trail riding, and practicing/demonstrating skills on an ATV course.


“With very few Hands-on ATV Safety Training in the metro area, we recognized the need for additional class offerings in our area,” said Sheriff Luke Hennen.  “The most important part of an enjoyable ATV riding experience begins with being safe and knowing the laws – especially when it comes to our young, new riders.”


Participants can register online at Sheriff’s Office’s website for the Hands-on ATV Safety Training.  ATVs will be provided and attendees may also bring their own ATVs (must be size appropriate for participant).  Participants will be responsible for bringing the appropriate clothing depending on weather, including an approved helmet.  Space is limited to 25 participants and a parent or guardian will need to sign a consent form.


Prior to attending the Hands-on ATV Safety Training, participants must complete the Minnesota ATV Safety Education Course online at www.ATVcourse.com.  


For more information about ATV safety training requirements and for safety training classes at other locations, please visit the Minnesota DNR website.  : 


Please contact Recreational Safety Deputy Autenrieth at sautenrieth@co.scott.mn.us or (952) 496-8865 with any questions.

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