Tri-County Vanguard

RCMP remind ATV riders to make safety a priority

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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.

The RCMP offer these tips to ensure the safety of riders:

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 offhighway 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. For more info on off-highway vehicle use visit novascotia. ca/natr/ohv/.

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