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Police raise safety awareness on ATV trails


PHOTO BY LAUREN MITCHELL

Police were out in full force on the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trails this past weekend, keeping an eye out for infractions including reckless driving, speed and inattention, noncompliance of signaling, and driving under the influence.

Police officers on All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) were out in full force this past weekend to promote National Security Quad Week occurring June 6 to 14. An operation was launched with the help of the Fédération québécoise des clubs quads (FQCQ), where between the dates of June 5 and 7, police were on the lookout for riders breaking the rules.

Safety was their main concern as many of these behaviours are the cause of reported crashes involving ATV riders. “During these operations, the police will intervene if they see offences related to negligent behaviours such as reckless driving, speed and inattention, non-compliance of signalling, especially when the traffic crossing public roads, and driving ability impaired by alcohol or drugs,” said Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Sgt. Ingrid Asselin.

Other things to be conscious of while riding on the trails is to avoid going off the trail and onto the public road, when you are 500 or more metres away from your destination. A rider must wear a helmet and seat belt when riding on private property. A child whose feet cannot reach the pedals is not allowed to be on an ATV, even if safety precautions such as a harness are being used.

Failing to stop at a stop sign while crossing a public road will result in a $100 fi ne, in which extra costs will also be added, and three demerit points will be entered into the off ender’s driving record. The security ATV teams can also stop anyone based on the rules of the Criminal Code, the Highway Safety Code and all other laws pertaining to off-road vehicles.

According to the previous year’s statistics on ATV accidents in Québec, 25 people were killed and 137 people were seriously injured. Within the past five months of this year, there has already been a death toll of nine people. The SQ and the FQCQ are urging people to be vigilant and be aware of the rules of the road, since some of those fatal accidents happened when ATV riders were not on the trails. Remember to have a helmet on at all times, and to drive safely.

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