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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.
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
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