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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 19, 2003

Deaths Among Drivers of Off-Road Vehicles After Collisions With Trail Gates—New Hampshire, 1997-2002

JAMA. 2003;289(11):1375-1377. doi:10.1001/jama.289.11.1375

MMWR. 2003;52:45-46

2 figures omitted

During April-July 2002, three deaths occurred on New Hampshire trails when adolescents driving off-highway recreational vehicles (OHRVs) collided with trail gates. Because of these three incidents, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services conducted a study to determine the extent of the problem and characteristics of the fatal events. This report describes trail gate fatalities in New Hampshire during 1997-2002. To prevent trail gate collisions, efforts should focus on increased enforcement of OHRV operating rules, driver education, enhanced gate visibility, and improved signage.

A case was defined as the death of a person on an OHRV who collided with a trail gate in New Hampshire during 1997-2002. Cases were identified by reviewing New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFGD) reports and by searching newspaper accounts by keywords.