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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5)- Each year in the U.S. more than 100,00 people are injured when riding all terrain vehicles- about one third of those are children. News Channel 5's Rachael Penton takes a look at what you can do to stay safe as the riding season approaches.

Warm weather is right around the corner in Cenla and for the Louisiana Mudfest Park that means thousands of ATV riders entering it's gates.

"There will be trucks and four wheelers of all shapes and sizes. Our saying out here is run what you brung," says owner Michael Parker.

The park serves as a place for people to get dirty and have fun, without breaking Louisiana law.

"It is against the law to operate these things on the roadway or on a highway," says Major Mark Wood, of RPSO.

For which there are consequences.

"We will ticket you and we can tow these vehicles," adds Wood.

Louisiana Mudfest owner Michael Parker says that everyone using an ATV needs to keep a few things in mind.

"Most everything is common sense. You've got to slow down number one. You've got to know your machine number two, but number three you have to watch everybody else around you," says Parker.

He says that most accidents stem back to one factor.

"If there's an accident speed causes it."

"Whether you're riding at Louisiana Mudfest or in your own backyard following the rules and staying aware of your surroundings could help prevent serious injury or worse."

"The smallest one is going to weight five or six hundred pounds and if it's sitting on your chest it hurts."

ATV riding is a popular and harmless Cenla sport if you keep safety in mind.

"This is the reason we opened up Louisiana Mudfest to give people an out, a place to go and have fun."

You should also never consume alcohol while using an all terrain vehicle. And- although it's not required by law in Louisiana, you should wear a helmet to reduce the risk of injury.

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