Hel­met law pro­posed for Off-High­way Ve­hi­cles

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

The Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta is propos­ing that hel­mets be re­quired for the safe use of Off-High­way Ve­hi­cles (OHVs) op­er­at­ing on pub­lic land.

Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion Brian Ma­son has in­tro­duced amend­ments to the Traf­fic Safety Act (TSA) that, if passed, would re­quire re­cre­ational users of All-Ter­rain Ve­hi­cles (ATVs), snow­mo­biles, dirt bikes, etc., to wear hel­mets when head­ing out on the trail.

“For years, Al­ber­tans have been ask­ing their gov­ern­ment to take ac­tion to re­duce the un­nec­es­sary in­juries and deaths caused by head in­juries on OHVs. If passed, the pro­posed amend­ments to the Traf­fic Safety Act would help pre­vent in­juries and keep fam­i­lies safe and whole.” Brian Ma­son, Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion “Hel­mets are the first piece of safety equip­ment we strongly rec­om­mend to our users. We ap­plaud the gov­ern­ment for in­tro­duc­ing these amend­ments and hope to see the pro­posed hel­met leg­is­la­tion be­come law in Al­berta.”

Brent Hodg­son, Pres­i­dent, Al­berta Off-High­way Ve­hi­cle As­so­ci­a­tion

“Brain in­juries are the lead­ing cause of in­jury and death for ATV riders and I had the mis­for­tune of be­com­ing one of the sta­tis­tics af­ter be­ing crit­i­cally in­jured while rid­ing. I was not wear­ing a hel­met. I fully sup­port this bill and the clear mes­sage it sends about just how much value the Al­berta gov­ern­ment places on the health, safety and qual­ity of life of all riders.”

Denise Pel­letier, trau­matic brain in­jury sur­vivor, au­thor and ATV hel­met ad­vo­cate

“The Traf­fic Safety Act amend­ments be­ing pro­posed could make fu­ture hel­met use de­ci­sions eas­ier for our youth, as leg­is­la­tion be­comes an ad­di­tional en­cour­age­ment to make safe per­sonal choices. We sup­port the amend­ments be­ing pro­posed and are hope­ful they will be passed into law.”

Laura Nel­son, Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor, Farm Safety Cen­tre

In Septem­ber 2016, the Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta con­sulted with Al­ber­tans and stake­hold­ers about how to im­prove safety for peo­ple us­ing OHVs. More than 2,200 Al­ber­tans shared their feed­back, with 65 per cent say­ing hel­mets should be re­quired for ev­ery­one who rides an OHV.

Pri­vate and In­dige­nous land, farm and ranch work­ers ex­empt

If passed, the pro­posed amend­ments would not re­quire use of hel­mets for farm­ing and ranch­ing work. Farm and ranch op­er­a­tions would con­tinue to be ex­empt un­der the Oc­cu­pa­tional Health & Safety Code.

The pro­posed amend­ments to the TSA would specif­i­cally ex­empt pri­vate prop­erty. This re­mains con­sis­tent with ex­ist­ing OHV laws un­der the Traf­fic Safety Act. The pro­posed amend­ments would also ex­empt First Na­tions and Metis Set­tle­ment lands.

Reg­u­la­tions to de­ter­mine fu­ture ex­emp­tions

If passed, the pro­posed amend­ments would al­low for reg­u­la­tions to de­fine fu­ture ex­emp­tions. This could in­clude ex­emp­tions for in­di­vid­u­als op­er­at­ing OHVs out­fit­ted with pre­scribed roll-over pro­tec­tion and seat­belts.

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