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ATV Enthusiasts: Enj­oy your time on the trails, but do so sa­fely and responsibly!

All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are used year round, but it’s safe to say that there are more ATVs out and about during the summer months. Did you know that the RCMP not only patrols roadways, we also patrol off-road trails too? While some RCMP members enjoy being out on the trails with you, sometimes checkpoints are set up to ensure riders have the required paperwork, insurance, registration and are driving responsibly.

Before you hop on your ATV and head out for a drive, there are a few things to remember:

– While driving your ATV and/or OHV you must stay at least 7.5 metres off roadways.
– Stay on marked trails except where travel across a roadway is necessary.
– If you must cross a road, drive directly across the road and do not drive on an angle.
– Whether you’re riding or driving an ATV, be aware of the traffic around you. Ensure other motorists and riders see you and know what you are doing.
– Obey the rules of the road and trail and respect posted signs, as well as the rights of other drivers and 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. Do not drive impaired and do not allow others to do so.
– Always wear protective clothing, including a helmet, gloves and eye protection. Helmets are required, even if you are driving in a side-by-side.
– Ensure that your ATV is registered and insured.
– 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.

“Even though these rules and laws are in place to keep everyone safe, the RCMP respond to a number of ATV collisions, some fatal, each year,” says Cpl. Dal Hutchinson, Media Relations Officer with the Nova Scotia RCMP. “The majority of these collisions are a result of speed, drivers impaired by drug and/or alcohol and not wearing a helmet. It’s important for all ATV operators to drive safely and responsibly.”

The RCMP wants you to enjoy the trails too. Drive safe, be responsible, have fun and don’t forget your helmet!

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Source: Media Release

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