Kids are heading back to school and Labor Day is fast approaching.  Sad to say, summer is winding down.  That also means that there’s an increase in ATV recreation as adults and teens try to squeeze in a few more rides before the snow flies.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, ATVs are always in season regardless of sun or snow and safety should always be the top priority.

“Six people, ranging from ages 6- to 53-years-old, have been killed in all-terrain vehicle accidents in Minnesota so far this year,” said acting Capt. Jon Paurus, DNR Enforcement education program coordinator.

Make sure you know where and when you can ride your ATV.  For example, it is illegal to operate on the inside slope, shoulder and roadway of state and county roads. Class 2 ATVs (1,200-1,800 pounds) may be operated on the shoulder or extreme right side of county or township roads and city streets if not prohibited by the road authority or other local laws. Class 2 ATVs may not be operated on the shoulder of a state trunk highway.

You can get more tips and information below, but please remember to play it safe year-round when riding your ATV.