UNDATED -- Fall is the most popular time of year for off-highway vehicle riding and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging safety.

The DNR says fatal accidents have already reached the highest level in more than a decade with 19 deaths.

OHVs are ATVs, dirt bikes, side-by-side ATVs, and other off-road vehicles.

The DNR says they have 24,000 new registrations this year alone indicating the sport is becoming more popular.

Riders are reminded to complete a safety course, wear protective gear including a helmet, ride sober, ride only on designated trails, avoid riding on paved roads except to cross and supervise children at all times.

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