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Date:7/14/2008

juries, disfiguring lacerations and facial fractures from ATV accidents. These debilitating injuries may be avoided by following a few safety tips."

Plastic surgeons strongly recommend following the CPSC safety tips for ATV riders:

-- Get properly trained

-- Always wear protective gear -- especially a helmet

-- Many ATV injuries are head injuries.

-- Additional protective gear includes closed toed shoes, goggles,

gloves, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts to protect against

cuts.

-- Children under 16 should never ride adult-sized ATVs

-- Children should only use ATVs that are appropriate for their

age. Most injuries occur when a child is driving or riding an

adult-sized ATV.

-- Never ride tandem

-- Most ATVs are designed for one person; a passenger can make it

difficult for drivers to control the machine.

-- Don't ride on paved roads

-- ATVs can be very difficult to control on pavement; collisions

with cars and other vehicles can be deadly.

-- Never ride at night

-- Don't ride under the influence

"When it comes to protective gear, it's especially important to wear a helmet, since many ATV-related injuries involve trauma to the head and face," said ASPS President Richard D'Amico, MD. "Studies show helmets can reduce non-fatal head injuries by 64 percent and deaths by 42 percent."

"ATVs can be treacherous and difficult to steer. They are not like riding a bicycle," said Dr. Wexler. "The injuries we see from these machines can be devastating."

The American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons is the oldest organization representing maxillofacial plastic surgeons. The members of the ASMS are surgeons of high moral and ethical standing and professional attainment, who are experts in craniofacial restoration. The mission of the American Soc
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