With so little to do because of the need for social distancing, all-terrain (ATV) vehicle excursions have been one of the “go-to’s” for what should be safe, recreational activities.
The safety aspect, however, is often taken for granted.
In that regard, individuals such as Mississippi State University Extension 4-H Agent Lionell Hinds are there to step in.
He informed the Washington County Board of Supervisors that Mississippi State University Extension has given the green light to proceed with ATV training.
“The number will still be no more than eight kids at a time,” Hinds said. “The program is a state-wide program that Mississippi State University sponsors and I am a nation-wide trainer to do the program of ATV safety training.”
Hinds noted that even though we are in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, kids are still riding ATV’s unsafely.
“The more we can reach the kids to train them, it may be able to help prevent some of these accidents that’s been going on,” he added.
Hinds also pointed out the practically non-existent risk he believes would be associated with the training.
He said because participants, children and adults alike, will be distant and equipped with a helmet, goggles and gloves, the chances of someone contracting the virus are slim to none.
“Once I get kids signed up I can begin anytime,” Hinds told the BOS. “I just need permission to be able to use the grounds.”
Hinds previously used grounds at Warfield Point Park as a venue for training as well as an open area behind the Washington County Convention Center.
Board President Carl McGee inquired as to whether Hinds had a copy of the Mississippi State ATV Training Protocols from a COVID-19 standpoint and Hinds assured the BOS he would have the necessary protocols.
The BOS voted unanimously to allow Hinds to proceed with ATV training.