ASI rewards “Do The Ride Thing” contest winners

The ATV Safety Institute has announced its winners in the “Do The Ride Thing” video contest for kids.

Bobby Burns, 14, of Amherst, N.Y., was the grand prize winner with his “ATV Safety Rap” entry. He won $2,500 and plans to use the money to buy an iMac computer, so he can create more videos. See Burns’ “ATV Safety Rap” here.

The contest ran June 1-Sept. 6, and it encouraged children ages 6-18 to inform kids and their parents about responsible ATVing. Each video was required to highlight at least one of ASI’s Golden Rules of riding, which include:

1. Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots and gloves.
2. Never ride on paved roads except to cross when done safely and permitted by law – another vehicle could hit you. ATVs are designed to be operated off-highway.            
3. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.       
4. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV and no more than one passenger on an ATV designed for two people.
5. Ride an ATV that’s right for your age.
6. Supervise riders younger than 16; ATVs are not toys.
7. Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
8. Take a hands-on ATV RiderCourse and the free online E-Course.

“ASI encourages all ATV riders to follow the Golden Rules of ATV safety – especially kids – but that message can have a much greater impact when it’s delivered by another kid,” ASI executive vice president Paul Vitrano said. “The ‘Do The Ride Thing’ contest showcases the creativity of these young enthusiasts, but also draws attention to safe ATV practices and teaches young riders and their parents how important it is to always ride safe and ride smart.” 

Along with the grand prize winner, an ASI panel of judges chose winners in three age categories. (Click on their names to view the videos.)

Ages 6-10
– $1,100 First Place Winner – Joshua Boothe of American Fork, Utah.
– $800 Second Place Winner – Benjamin and Christopher Boothe of American Fork, Utah.

Ages 11-14
– $1,100 First Place Winner – Caleb McDowell of Marion, S.C.
– $800 Second Place Winner – Eric Beets of Burlington, Wis.

Ages 15-18
– $1,100 First Place Winner – Kevin Collins of St. Fort Mill, S.C.
– $800 Second Place Winner – Jasper Lown of Wheaton, Ill.
– $600 Third Place Winner – Vanessa Woods of Deer Park, Ill.

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