Summer is officially just around the corner, and that means it’s time for those fun outdoor activities that we’ve been waiting all year for. However, it’s also important that we keep in mind safety comes first. On Monday morning, a man was killed after he crashed his ATV in Bellingham. The accident occurred on a gravel road just north of the Mount Baker Highway. The deceased was Scott Allen Monaghan, 45.
Monaghan was riding a 1992 Honda TRX300. The Washington State Patrol is reporting that he sped around a corner too quickly, causing him to run off the roadway. That’s when Monaghan ran into a tree stump, then flipped upside down. He finally landed 20 feet down in an embankment.
The ATV Safety Institute offers a few words of advice for all riders:
• Do not ride without a proper helmet, goggles, long sleeves and pants, over-the-ankle boots and gloves.
• Do not ride on paved roads except if crossing is necessary, safe and permitted by law.
• Do not drink or do drugs and ride.
• Do not ride with a passenger if you are on a single-rider ATV. Do not ride with more than one passenger if on a two-person ATV.
• Remember that ATVs are not toys.
• Supervise young riders.
Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Scott Monaghan. To our readers: please be safe when riding your ATVs and other fun toys this summer!