Utah officials stress off-road vehicle safety as deaths rise

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials are reminding residents of proper off-road vehicle safety as the number of deaths is increasing from accidents involving the vehicles.

The Deseret News reports University of Utah Health officials are partnering with the state Division of Parks and Recreation for a safety awareness campaign.

Chris Haller, the division’s off-highway vehicle program coordinator, says the state has already recorded 10 deaths this year. The state sees about 14 deaths each year involving off-road vehicles.

Zach Robinson, trauma outreach coordinator at University of Utah Health, says the state is on track to surpass the average annual number of deaths.

Haller and Robinson encouraged riders to wear properly fitted and fastened helmets. The pair demonstrated correct helmet safety Monday as part of the campaign launched at the South Jordan Health Center.

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