This past month, the North District Provincial Regional Traffic Services has seen a dramatic increase in injuries and deaths involving All-Terrain Vehicles.
Over the past May long weekend, Provincial and Municipal RCMP officers attended 3 fatal ATV collisions, along with a dozen related injury collisions.
The RCMP would like to remind people to review a few safety tips.
RCMP says wearing proper safety gear is the probably the most overlooked item by too many riders.
- A good Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet is the most important factor.
- A sturdy pair of riding boots to protect your feet and ankles
- A durable pair of goggles to protect your eyes from flying dirt, branches and other items while riding.
- Long sleeve shirt and pants as well as a chest protector are also recommended.
The RCMP also says to choose the proper size of ATV for the rider’s skill level, take an ATV training course, don’t operate ATV’s under the influence of drugs or alcohol, don’t carry passengers if the ATV wasn’t designed to carry one.
They also remind ATV operators that the new registration system will become mandatory on June 1, 2015 for Off Road Vehicles operating on Crown land or forest service roads on Crown land, and that an off-road vehicle is designed for off-highway use only as they don’t meet the safety standards for on-highway use.