Lack of helmet use cited in Wis. ATV deaths

51 percent of deaths in a recent time span occured during May, June, July and August


By Patrick Durkin
The State Journal

MADISON, Wis. — Seventy-four percent of recent rollover victims in Wisconsin weren't wearing helmets.

Wisconsinites drive all-terrain vehicles year-round for everything from ice fishing to deer hunting, but more than half who die on them become victims between May Day and Labor Day, according to reports compiled by the Department of Natural Resources.

From 2007 through May 1 of this year, the DNR recorded 57 fatalities involving ATVs, with 29 (51 percent) occurring during one-third of the year: May, June, July and August. Many of the deaths (33) — 58 percent — occurred in rollovers, with victims often suffering head injuries when their ATVs landed on them.

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