Summer means one thing to all-terrain vehicle (ATV) enthusiasts – the opportunity to get out and enjoy a ride. Riding an ATV is a fun activity, if you do it safely. Along with the fun, there are certain responsibilities to operating an ATV.
Some rules to keep in mind when heading out on an ATV are:
- Always wear an approved helmet, it is required by law.
- ATVs are not to be operated on roadways, shoulders or sidewalks unless circumstances fall under other provisions laid out in the Off Road Vehicles Act.
- To cross a roadway, a driver must have a valid driver’s licence.
- Only operate an ATV when sober and alert.
- Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is a minimum of 18 years old. Young persons over the age of 14 can ride without parent accompaniment however cannot cross a roadway until they obtain a valid driver’s licence.
These rules are in place to keep everyone safe. When not followed, people can get seriously injured. Between June and October 2013, RCMP in Manitoba responded to eight fatal collisions involving ATVs . Contributing factors in these deaths included alcohol use, failure to wear a helmet and speed.
There is more to riding an ATV than just getting on the machine and turning the key, so before heading out to enjoy the ride, remember to get in the know, be prepared and obey the laws.
No matter what your mode of transportation is, travel safe!
Tara Seel, Media Relations Officer
RCMP Media Relations 204-983-8497
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