ATV Safety Questioned After Third Fatality This Year

A Keller woman's death Saturday, while driving a four wheeler near Alto, has law enforcement urging the public to be safe. The woman is the third ATV fatality this year.

Four wheeler dealers say most injuries and deaths occur because drivers are not properly trained. Manufacturers put warning labels on all recreational vehicles saying parents should not let children under certain ages drive four wheelers.

Smith county authorities say the sheriff's office gets several ATV related phone calls per week. Whether young or old, all ATV users are encouraged to take training courses.

The Smith County Sheriff's office provides four wheeler training and recommends training for everyone, especially children.

"If a child is going to operate a four wheeler he certainly needs to be old enough to handle it, and then go through the safety education course before he's allowed to ride it," said Chief Deputy Johnny Beddingfield with the sheriff's office.

If you'd like to get more information on training courses, you can call the Smith County Sheriff's Department .