With summer in full swing, many people will take to the outdoors and enjoy the use of off-road vehicles. For many campers and cottagers, this often equates to a quad or dirt-bike ride on trails that may cross roadways.
As owners and operators, it is imperative to have a good understanding of the rules as laid out in the Off Road Vehicle Act.
General need-to-know rules:
Before allowing your child to operate an off-road vehicle, be aware of the following:
On average, the Manitoba RCMP investigates five fatal off-road vehicle collisions every year. In most instances, the deceased was not wearing a helmet, and speed and alcohol were also contributing factors. One-third of the victims were under the age of 21.
Fines can average between $107 dollars to thousands of dollars. In some cases, the offence necessitates a court appearance.
Enjoy the summer months and please ride safely. Your safety and security is our primary goal.
If you have any questions or are unsure of your legal obligations under the Off Road Vehicle Act, please contact your local RCMP detachment or visit our site at www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/mb.
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