The RCMP in the Peace River North area is reminding the public to be careful when riding an ATV.
Police say it is important to know how to safely operate an ATV, wear bright clothing to be visible to other traffic, and to always carry a first-aid and vehicle repair kit when out riding.
They also say it is important to let other people know where someone on an ATV is going and not to let people under the age of 16 ride on an ATV unless they are being supervised by an adult.
Furthermore, riding an ATV is prohibited within Fort St. John city limits.
It is also strongly recommended that anyone operating or riding on an ATV should wear a helmet.
Recently, two young teenagers were hurt when the ATV they were riding on rolled over on them. Constable Forman of the Fort St. John detachment said their injuries could have been far more severe if they hadn’t been wearing helmets.
Here a few tips for to make ATV riding more safe and enjoyable:
• never operate an ATV without proper instruction. Contact your local ATV club for information on how to sign up for a training course;
• wear bright clothing to be more visible;
• know your riding area. If you are riding in unfamiliar terrain, note landmarks and use a map, compass or GPS to help navigate;
• carry a first aid kit and vehicle repair kit;
• never allow a child under 16 years of age to ride unless supervised by an adult. It is recommended that a child under 12 not operate an ATV with an engine 70cc or greater. A child under 16 should never ride an ATV with an engine 90cc or greater;
• never operate an ATV on a public road, even a gravel road. Not only is it against the law but you may be unable to avoid a collision with another vehicle;
• always tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return;
• never ride directly behind another rider because it obstructs your vision;
• never carry a passenger on an ATV, unless equipped to do so, as the case with side by side type ATV’s. Carrying a passenger may upset the balance of the ATV and cause it to lose control;
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• never consume drugs or alcohol before operating an ATV. It impairs your judgement, slows your reaction time and may result in an accident, not to mention it’s against the law.