Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo's Communications Office
Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo Completes ATV Safety Certification

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 22, 2008  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird
(502) 564-2611

Yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo took the lead in the promotion of All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) safety statewide by completing his ATV certification training at the ATV Safety Institute in Knott County.

ATV riding is a favorite pastime for thousands of Kentuckians both young and old and is an integral part of Kentucky’s Adventure Tourism initiative. However, whether hiking, biking or ATV riding across Kentucky’s trails, it is imperative that every rider makes personal safety the first priority. Seasoned ATV enthusiast and first-time riders alike have much to gain from the completion of an ATV certification training program. Aside from providing the proper knowledge base and background to become a more informed ATV operator, it provides a way to hone one’s skills first-hand.

“The Safety Institute in Knott County is an invaluable resource for all Kentuckians who are ATV operators,” said Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo. “Today, I hope to serve as an example of how immensely important it is to complete training and become certified, whether you are a lifelong enthusiast or a first-time rider.”

The Knott County ATV Safety Institute is one of only a handful of ATV training facilities in the nation.  Trainees learn about proper attire while riding, the importance of helmet use and how to handle potentially tricky situations by completing a course filled with turns, hills and valleys.

In order to further educate Kentuckians about the importance of ATV safety, Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo joined with First Lady Jane Beshear and 30th District Senator Brandon Smith to record radio Public Service Announcements which will begin airing on radio stations across the Commonwealth this week.

Kentucky’s adventure tourism initiative has been successful in bringing leaders from the public and private sector and both sides of the political aisle together to make Kentucky the premier outdoor recreation destination not just nationally, but internationally.

For more information about ATV safety, Kentucky’s Adventure Tourism initiative and ways to become involved, visit