The busiest time of the year is upon for the Texas Rescue Patrol.
They provide aid over in areas such as Red Sands and parts of New Mexico where people take their ATVs off-roading.
“If you care about your safety, you should be taking care of yourself,” riding through dunes at Red Sands in Far East El Paso, Jacob La Febre has had his share of ATV injuries.
“I’ve had a broken leg, broken nose, nothing too serious. I can walk at the end of the day,” he and his friends wore protective eyewear and a helmet.
Despite it being required by law, not everyone riding off-road vehicles wear helmets.
With recent deaths involving all-terrain vehicles, KTSM went on a ride-along to find out how incidents happen and how to prevent them.
“95 percent of all dunes at Red Sands have a drop-off. They’ll be nice and smooth on one side and then they’ll have a slip-phase where it’s a dropoff. You always wanna make sure you stop at the top and check what’s on the other side,” Chief of Texas Rescue Patrol Jamil Moutran said.
Moutran says he’s witnessed all sorts of incidents.
“A lot of injuries out here could’ve been prevented had the individual wore a helmet so wearing a helmet is just one of those crucial pieces of equipment that you have to wear when operating an ATV,” Moutran said.
Texas Rescue Patrol offers mandated ATV safety courses. The next one is April 27th in Red Sands.
For more information, you can call (915) 302-5300.