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ATV safety advice after two SETX boys die in accidents

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On Thursday, 14-year-old Brandon McCain died in a collision involving an ATV and a car. The accident happened on CR 4067 at FM 2460 in the Bon Weir community.

Tuesday, 12-year-old Tory Doniell Foster, of Jasper, was killed when he fell off the back of a Honda rancher 4-wheeler on FM 4570 in Newton County.  Troopers say four people were riding the ATV.

Both boys killed were students at Newton Junior High.

To avoid future accidents, 12News spoke to experts about ATV safety.

Chad Simon has worked at Outpost Power Sports for 15 years. He's sold many ATV's and given many warnings to customers.

"We will go over the machine with the customer, show them all the warning labels, and encourage them to read their owner's manual," says Simon.

Like all vehicles, ATV's come with safety recommendations that shouldn't be ignored.

When shopping for an ATV, you'll find they all come with safety labels on the front, on the side, and on the back. Experts say they all need to be followed when you make your purchase.

Recommendations include: age requirements, helmet use, avoiding alcohol and drugs and how to set up the machine.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis says accidents can be avoided if the law is followed.

According to Texas law, you can not operate an ATV under the age of 14 without a parent or adult supervision, you must wear a helmet and goggles at all times, and you can not operate these vehicles on public streets and highways; even in rural areas.

"We don't see as much traffic. So, they feel it's safe and just because you don't see the traffic, it's probably not the safest thing to do to operate ATV's on roadways. For one, it's against the law and two, it's just not safe," she says.

Simon agrees and offers this advice for anyone wanting to take a ride.

"Always wear a helmet and always be aware of your surroundings," he says.

A candlelight vigil is being held at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Newton County Courthouse Square.

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