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Safety Information

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Recreational Safety Division

8 Federal Street

Augusta, Maine 04330


Mailing Address: 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0041

Do you need to take a safety course to operate an ATV? Maine law requires anyone under 16 years of age to complete a course prior to operating on land other than that owned or leased by their parent or guardian or on which they live. These courses are made available in your area by volunteer instructors certified by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Pre-registration is requested and/or required. Courses will include 6 hours of instruction. Sponsors include school districts, sports clubs, civic groups, and others. Courses will be scheduled based on instructor availability.

ATV Safety Information

If you have a youngster who is about to ride an ATV, there are special considerations that you should keep in mind. Although a child may be the recommended age to ride a particular size ATV, not all youngsters have the strength, skills, or judgment needed to operate an ATV. You should supervise your youngster’s operation of the ATV at all times, and should permit continued use only if you determine that your youngster has the ability and judgment to operate the ATV safely. You should also read Parents, Youngsters and ATVs, available from ASI.

For more information about ATV Safety, call the Consumer Product Safety Commission at 1-800-638-2772 or the ATV Distributors’ Safety Hotline at 1-800-852-5344.

Remember that riders under 16 years of age should be supervised by an adult. In addition, follow the ATV Model Size/Minimum Age information listed below. Do not ride an ATV that is not recommended for your age group.

  • ATV Model Size – Minimum Age
  • Under 70cc – 6 years and older
  • 70 – 90cc – 12 years and older
  • Over 90cc – 16 years and older

Be Cautious… ATVs are not toys. Serious injury can result from improper use of ATVs, but with preparation and practice, you can safely develop and expand your riding skills. Riding ATVs can be an enjoyable form of outdoor recreation when done properly.

In addition to the information provided in this booklet, it is important to carefully read and follow the instructions and warnings contained in the ATV owner’s manual and labels. ATVs handle differently from other vehicles, such as motorcycles and cars. Proper instruction and practice are important. The ATV Rider Course, a half-day hands-on training program, is available nationwide. Anyone who purchased a new ATV after December 30, 1986, and everyone in the purchaser’s immediate family who is in the recommended age group for the ATV purchased, is entitled to take a training course at no additional charge. Others can take the training course for a small fee. Individuals who purchased a new ATV after April 28,1988, will be entitled to a $50.00 incentive check upon completion of the course. Limit one incentive per ATV purchased. Ask an authorized ATV dealer for the details or call 1-800-887-2887 for training information. We recommend you take advantage of the free training program, and perform the exercises in this booklet.

The ATV Safety Institute is a division of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, a national nonprofit association founded by the major U.S. distributors of all-terrain vehicles. Supporting members are:

  • American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
  • Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.
  • American Suzuki Motor Corporation
  • Kawasaki Motors Corporation, U.S.A.
  • Arctic Cat, Inc.

Regional Safety Coordinators



No. Aroostook

Victor Maccallum, Friendship


Knox, Waldo, Hancock (Assist)

Perry Edwards, Harrison


Androscoggin, Oxford (Assist)

Michael Feeney, Fayette



Craig Gerry, Raymond


Cumberland, Androscoggin

Harland Hitchings, Princeton


Washington, Hancock

Bruce Martin, Biddeford


York, Cumberland (Assist)

Reginald Read, Phippsburg


Sagadahoc, Lincoln

Rick Rogers Jr., Phillips


Somerset, Franklin

Clinton Gaskill, Jr., Passadumkeag


Penobscot, Piscataquis, No. Somerset

Richard Tidd, Houlton


Aroostook, No. Penobscot


Ice conditions and Trip Itinerary


Ice Conditions

“Thick and blue, tried and true. Thin and crispy, way to risky.”

The ice traveler should look for bluish ice that is at least 4 to 6 inches thick, in order to support people and their gear. Even if the weather has been below freezing for several days, don’t guess about ice thickness. Check ice in several places. Use an auger, spud, or axe to make a test hole beginning at shore and continuing as you go out.

If ice at the shoreline is cracked or squishy, stay off. Don’t go on the ice during thaws. Watch out for thin, clear, or honeycomb-shaped ice. Dark snow and dark ice are other signs of weak spots.

Choose small bodies of water. Rivers and lakes are prone to wind and wave action, which can break ice up quickly. Avoid areas with currents, around bridges, and pressure ridges.

What if I Break through the ice?

  • If you break through the ice, don’t panic.
  • Don’t try to climb out, you’ll probably break through the ice again.
  • Lay both arms on the unbroken ice and kick hard. This will help lift your body onto the ice. Roll to safety.
  • To help someone who has fallen in, lie down flat and reach with a branch, plank, or rope; or form a human chain. Don’t stand. After securing the victim, wiggle backwards to the solid ice.
  • The victim may need treatment of hypothermia (cold exposure), artificial respiration, or CPR.
  • “If your feet are cold, put on your hat.” That may seem odd, but it’s good advice. Most body heat is lost through the head and neck. So wear a hat, cover your face and neck.
  • Dress in layers. Wool, silk, and certain synthetics are best; they’ll keep you warm even if they’re wet. Insulated, waterproof boots, gloves, and a windbreaker are very important. Take extra clothing.

Ice Thickness

In the wintertime, outdoor enthusiasts frequently need to know how thick the ice is and whether it is safe to walk across it. The American Pulpwood Association has published a handy reference chart that gives a good rule-of-thumb for pond and lake ice thickness.

This table is for clear, blue ice on lakes. Reduce the strength values by 15% for clear blue river ice. Slush ice is only one-half the strength of blue ice. This table does not apply for parked loads.

Ice Thickness
(in inches)

Permissable load on clear, blue lake ice.

(Reduce strength values for other types of ice.)


One person on foot


Group of people (walking single file)


Passenger Car (2 ton gross)


Light Truck (212 ton gross)


Medium Truck (312 ton gross)


Heavy Truck (7–8 ton gross)


Heavy Truck (10 ton gross)


25 tons


45 tons


70 tons


110 tons



Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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