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  Be Careful Where You Start Your Engines

Aug 05, 2014 12:13 ET

ATVs are the fastest growing recreational vehicle on the market and the rate of off-road motor vehicle injuries for Durham Region residents is far greater than the provincial average. So the DRP would like to remind you about some important safety and legal considerations you should make before starting your engines.

• Children 12 years of age and under are not permitted to drive an ATV except on land occupied by the vehicle owner or under close supervision of an adult
• Never allow a passenger on your ATV. A passenger can throw the vehicle's balance off and cause injury
• You must have a valid permit for your ATV and a number plate displayed on the vehicle
• You must have insurance on your ATV because it is a motorized vehicle. You must be able to show the insurance to a police officer if requested
• Under the Highway Traffic Act, you must wear an approved safety helmet securely strapped under the chin
• A police officer may stop any person riding an ATV
• Make sure to carry a cell phone with you while you ride
• Tell someone where you plan to go and when you plan to return

Where to Ride: ATVs can only be legally driven in Durham Region on two occasions:
1. On private property with prior consent of the property owner,
2. On designated trails. There is only one legally designated trail in Durham Region – in the Ganaraska Forest in Clarington. To use the trail in the Ganaraska Forest, you must have a valid trail permit.

You are not allowed to ride ATVs on any public road or road allowance unless the municipality has passed a consenting by-law. Only one municipality in Durham Region has passed such a by-law: the Township of Brock. For more information on ATV safe riding, contact the Durham Region Health Department at 1-800-841-2729, ext. 3241.

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