WATERSMEET—Mi-TRALE and the Michigan DNR will host a Youth ORV Safety Class on Saturday, Aug. 25, in Watersmeet.
The class will take place in Room 400 of Dancing Eagle Resort, next to Lac Vieux Desert Casino. The classroom portion of the class will begin at 9 a.m.
The class will provide the legally-required DNR Youth ORV safety certificate for students between the ages of 11 and 15 that pass the written exam.
Mi-TRALE also provides “field training” for the students on youth ATVs. The youth ATVs were donated to Mi-TRALE by Polaris Industries to teach the children the proper and safe way to handle an ATV. The field training takes place in the afternoon.
Both parents or legal guardians of the student are required to sign a waiver of liability for the students to participate in the field training. The field training is not required by the DNR to receive the DNR Youth ORV safety certificate.
Michigan state law requires that all children between the ages of 12 and 15 possess an ORV safety certificate and be under the direct visual supervision of an adult to operate a four-wheel ATV on property that is not owned by the child’s parent or legal guardian.
Children planning on taking the class are asked to contact Michigan DNR Youth ORV Safety Instructor Skip Schulz, at (906) 884-9101, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Children are also asked to bring a lunch, helmet, long pants and long sleeved shirt. Children are not to bring an ATV. Parents are encouraged to participate in both the class and the field training.
Mi-TRALE and the Michigan DNR pick up all the costs of the class.
“Mi-TRALE has had a long history of providing these classes at no charge to the students. ORV safety has always been one of the main issues our organization has been concerned with,” said Schulz, who is also the president of Mi-TRALE.