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DNR: 18 people died so far this year in ATV, UTV crashes

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - More people are being killed in all-terrain and ultra-terrain vehicle accidents in Wisconsin. 

DNR warden Todd Schaller said 18 people have died so far this year in ATV and UTV crashes in all parts of the Badger State. That's the same number of deaths as in all of 2009. 

Schaller says recreational vehicles are popular tools for hunting -- and with the height of the hunting seasons approaching, he says it's a big concern. 

The main concern is alcohol. Schaller said half of this year's deaths involved people who were drinking -- and staying sober while driving is a key to ATV safety. 

He says others include wearing helmets, driving at reasonable speeds for conditions and driver experience, and taking an ATV safety course.