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Ask a Trooper: Children must wear approved helmets on ATVs

Sgt. Neil Dickenson, Minnesota State Trooper

Question: Can my child use a bicycle helmet when he is a passenger in my side-by-side ATV?

Answer: In Minnesota, any class 1 or 2 ATV operator or passengers under age 18 must wear an approved helmet when riding on public lands or waters or on a public road right of way. They must also wear a seat belt if provided by the manufacturer.

An approved helmet worn by an operator or passenger must meet federal law, which requires the helmet to display the symbol "DOT." DOT is the manufacturer's certification that the helmet conforms to the applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards. Standard bicycle helmets and hockey helmets are not legal helmets.

A portion of state statutes were used with permission from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Sgt. Neil Dickenson, Minnesota State Patrol, 1131 Mesaba Ave., Duluth, MN 55811. You can follow me on Twitter @MSPPIO_NE or reach me at neil.dickenson@state.mn.us.

A portion of state statutes were used with permission from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Sgt. Neil Dickenson, Minnesota State Patrol, 1131 Mesaba Ave., Duluth, MN 55811. You can follow me on Twitter @MSPPIO_NE or reach me at neil.dickenson@state.mn.us.

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