The RCMP would like to remind the public of the following rules and safety tips regarding their All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) usage:
Get trained by a qualified ATV instructor and practice safe riding techniques at all times. The knowledge of proper techniques is crucial when maintaining control on hills, rough terrain and in turns.
Learn about the area you will ride in. Get maps of the area, and stay on trails if they are provided.
Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back. Ride in a group of two or more.
Riders should always wear a helmet.
When the road turns from asphalt to dirt the rules and laws of the road continue to apply. The speed limit on Forest Service Roads is 80 kilometers an hour unless otherwise posted and you must wear your seat belt. In addition, ATVs and motorcycles are required to have third party liability insurance while operating on the Forest Service Roads. Failure to do so could result in a $345 provincial fine as well as the vehicle being towed.
Approach livestock or wildlife you encounter slowly. If you startle them, they may run directly into your path. Give them time to react and give them as wide a berth as possible.
Refuse to carry a passenger unless your ATV is designed for two riders.
Riders should never operate an ATV while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
The average complaint to Police and City Bylaw officers regarding ATVs and quads stems from the lack of courtesy and lack of safety of drivers
ATVs are prohibited from using public roads, highways, parks, and trails. Often riders are found speeding through public roadways in order to get to their riding destination. These vehicles are not designed or equipped for highway use and as such are considered unsafe.
Speeds should be kept under control for everyone’s safety.
ATVs should have proper functioning mufflers to control the noise.