RCMP reminding ATV riders to make safety a priority

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RCMP reminding ATV riders to make safety a priority

With warmer weather approaching, the Nova Scotia RCMP is reminding all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) enthusiasts to make safety a priority when on the trails this season.​

Each year, the Nova Scotia RCMP responds to ATV collisions, some resulting in fatality or serious injury. The majority of these collisions are a result of speed, impaired driving and not wearing a helmet. Since 2018, there were 38 ATV collisions that resulted in fatality or serious injury in areas policed by the Nova Scotia RCMP.

“We have seen first-hand the painful impacts fatal and serious collisions can have on everyone involved,” says Cpl. Lisa Croteau of the Halifax District RCMP. “We want to remind riders that the laws are in place to help keep everyone safe while enjoying the outdoors.”​

Here are some tips to ensure everyone’s safety when out on the trails:

  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Start with safety training. This will prepare you to confidently and safely enjoy your ATV.
  • Stay on marked trails except where travel across a roadway is necessary.
  • Obey the rules of the road/trail and respect posted signs, as well as the rights of other riders.
  • Ride sober. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a criminal offence and can lead to serious injuries or even death for riders, passengers and others.
  • Always wear protective clothing, including a helmet, gloves and eye protection. Helmets are required, even if you are driving in a side-by-side.
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Tell someone when you are leaving and when you will be back. Avoid riding alone and carry a first aid kit, tow rope, overnight bag in case you need it.
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Do a pre-ride inspection every time you drive your ATV. Check the tires for wear and rims for damage. Look over your controls and made sure all cables and connections are intact.

It is important to know that the Nova Scotia Off-highway Vehicles Act has specific requirements for youth. All ATV operators under​ 16​ years of age must complete an approved safety training course and be supervised by someone who is at least​ 19​ years old.

Nova Scotia RCMP will continue to patrol roadways and trails to enforce safe off-highway vehicle use. Those who violate the Off-highway Vehicles Act could face a penalty of over $400 for a first offence and have their vehicle seized. Please help protect everyone by riding safely and responsibly. For more information on off-highway vehicle use, visit http://novascotia.ca/natr/ohv/.

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