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OHV Safety

Stay Safe On Your OHV This Summer


Buckle Up And Wear A Helmet

As many people are gearing up to spend time outdoors this summer, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) reminds everyone planning to ride an off-highway vehicle (OHV) to do so safely and responsibly.

Numerous fatal accidents last year involved utility task vehicles (UTVs) that rolled over and pinned the operator underneath. Wearing a seatbelt is critical because it will help keep the operator and any passengers inside the UTV in the event of an accident.

If children are a part of the adventure, they must wear a U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmet. While helmets are required for all operators and passengers under the age of 18, they’re strongly recommended for everyone.

In addition, ride safely by following these practices:

Only carry the number of passengers recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer. Many accidents are the result of too many people riding a machine that was designed for fewer passengers.

Wear riding goggles, a long-sleeved shirt, pants, riding gloves and over-the-ankle boots.

Never ride alone.

Be prepared and equipped with a map, first-aid kit and whistle, and have basic tools on hand.

Stay on designated trails.

Take an OHV safety education course designed to teach off-road motorists how to ride safely and responsibly.

Citations and warnings are given for issues like failing to have a current OHV Decal and allowing children under the age of 18 to ride without a helmet. It’s also important to remember that OVHs and alcohol don’t mix — operating any vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is always illegal, regardless of what type of vehicle it is.

For more information about OHV riding in Arizona, including a list of locations to ride throughout the state, visit


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