LANARK COUNTY – Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are reminding Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) and All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) drivers and owners to exercise particular caution and ride within the laws that are designed to keep the community safe.
In 2016 saw 22 people in the Province lose their lives in incidents involving off-road vehicles.
ORVs are gaining popularity and the number of machines and riders in Ontario is increasing, as is the size, weight and horsepower of some machines while recreation as a primary use has increased.
OPP investigations into ORV collisions reveal that alcohol consumption, lack of experience, high speed, failure to wear a safety helmet and general carelessness are the major factors contributing to severe injury or death.
This year’s weather patterns have elevated the potential risk factors for off road operation. Despite two or three days of warm weather, the ground in some place may still be deceptively water logged. In some places trails may have lost structural integrity.
The Off-Road Vehicles Act of Ontario states that drivers and passengers must wear an approved motor cycle helmet, unless the vehicle is driven on property owned by the person driving the ORV.
For more information on ATV safety and legal requirements visit, ontario.ca/atv.