DRPS officers are asking residents to familiarize themselves with the rules surrounding off road vehicles before heading out on ATVs this summer.
There has been an increase in ATV use on roadways and private properties in the Clarington and Scugog areas and officers will be enforcing the laws as they pertain to ATV use. Officers recently issued 14 tickets in the area of Raglan Pits near Boundry and Cochrane Roads, which is a popular spot among off road enthusiasts. This area is privately owned and off limits to off road vehicles and pedestrians.
DRPS is reminding residents that all off road activity must remain on private property belonging to the rider, on designated trails, or in the Ganaraska Forest with a permit.
It's also important to take care of your health and safety when riding these vehicles, so take precautions to protect your body from injury by watching your speed and wearing proper safety equipment.
~Carry a cellphone with you while riding
~Plan your route
~Tell a friend where you plan to go and when you plan to return
~Children under 12 years of age 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,
~If you lend your ATV to another person, you are liable for any damages or injuries if an accident should occur,
~Under the Highway Traffic Act, you must wear an approved safety helmet securely strapped under the chin,
~The owner or occupier of the property you are using may stop any person riding an ATV and you must identify yourself with your name and address. A police officer may also stop any person riding an ATV.
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