Mother of Nolan Boys Starts ATV Safety Program
Carrie Nolan is the Mother of Austin & Justin Nolan who were killed in an atv accident during the summer of 2005. She applied for an atv safety grant through the National 4-H Council in the spring of 2007. Nolan started the program through the Crawford County 4-H. The group recieved a grant of $5,600 to kick off the program. Funds helped the group purchase educational materials such as safety gear, flyers, brochures, displays, videos and helmets that the group gave away at various events throughout the year.
The group hopes to emphasize the importance of the use of helmets and would like to thank The Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA), and the ATV Safety Institute (ASI), for supporting the 4-H Community ATV Program.
Various groups such as Prairie Motor Sports, Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital, & Crawford County Farm Safety Council are teaming up with them to help spread the word of ATV dangers, to help inform parents and children of the risks taken with atv's and to educate them on the laws and safety of atv's.
The group held it's first program Friday May 11th, 2007 at the Crawford County Safety Day Camp in Gays Mills. There were 140 5th graders from Crawford County schools who attended the day camp. Carrie Nolan said "This was a very difficult thing for me to talk to the kids about our son's accident, as many of the kids were Austin's age and knew Austin & Justin....... but I could tell that the children were really listening and hopefully this will remind them to be safe if they are around atv's."
The group plans to take their safety display to fairs, libraries, parades and schools and various events in the surrounding area.
If you would like to join the group or your organization would like to partner with the group please contact