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ATV Safety Institute announces ‘Do the Ride Thing’ winners

October 09, 2012

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Creative, cash-winning kids from coast to coast are got their videos on safe and responsible ATV riding posted online as public service announcements by the ATV Safety Institute, MSF’s DirtBike School and the Right Rider Access Fund.

A judging panel from ASI, the Right Rider Access Fund and the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council selected the winners from among dozens of entries from young enthusiasts nationwide, all aiming to highlight the ASI’s Golden Rules of ATV Safety or the MSF DirtBike School’s Dirt Bike Riding Tips.

David Atkins,18, of Edmond, Okla., won the grand prize of $2,500, while his fellow 4-H Club member Elizabeth Klumpp, 13, won the first place prize in the 11-14 age category.

“This is the first video contest I’ve ever won so I am very excited!” Atkins said. “In Oklahoma, we’ve had several young people suffer traumatic brain injuries because they were not wearing helmets when they had accidents. I hope my PSA will help both youth and adults better understand the importance of always wearing proper riding gear while operating ATVs.”

The “Do the Ride Thing” contest has three age categories and two product categories—ATV and dirtbike—along with a grand prize.

“ASI urges all kids who ride off-highway to follow the Golden Rules of ATV Safety and the Dirt Bike Riding Tips, but that message can have a much greater impact when spoken by another kid,” said Paul Vitrano, executive vice president, ASI. “The ‘Do The Ride Thing’ contest allows us to draw attention to safe ATV and dirt bike practices and teaches young riders and their parents how important it is to always ride safe/ride smart. ASI encourages trade and enthusiast media, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and youth organizations to post winning videos on their websites to help promote these important safety messages.”

“Do the Ride Thing” Video Contest winners for 2012 are:

Grand Prize

$2,500 Grand Prize Winner: David Atkins of Edmond, Okla.

Ages 6-10 ATV

$500 First-Place Winner: Jordan Smith of Tulsa, Okla.

$300 Second-Place Winner: Jade and Caleb Dillenbeck of Tully, N.Y.

Ages 6-10 Dirtbike

$500 First-Place Winner: Melody Sanders of Tulsa, Okla.

Ages 11-14 ATV

$500 First-Place Winner: Elizabeth Klumpp of Edmond, Okla.

$300 Second-Place Winner: Randy and David Clapp of Cumming, Ga.

$200 Third-Place Winner: Jacob Sestak of Prague, Okla.

Ages 15-18 ATV

$500 First-Place Winner: Eric Beets and Brian Freiesleben of Burlingtion, Wis.

$300 Second-Place Winner: Patrick Schrank of Norman, Okla.

$200 Third-Place Winner: Tanner Shelton of Pleasant View, Utah

Ages 15-18 Dirtbike

$500 First-Place Winner: Stephen Nymberg of Huntersville, N.C.

The associations designed the contest, which ran from June 1 to Aug. 15, to inform and motivate kids and their parents on the responsible use of ATVs and dirtbikes while spreading the message to other young riders. Every entry took a unique approach to demonstrate safe riding practices, but each video highlighted one or more of ASI’s Golden Rules of ATV Safety or one or more of the MSF’s Dirt Bike Riding Tips.

To see the winning videos, go to http://www.atvsafety.org/atv_psa_contest/videos.html.

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