According to the Ontario Provincial Police, it has already responded to 20 fatal off-road collisions this year, up 18-percent from 2018. According to police, 12 of the deceased weren’t wearing helmets, and alcohol or drugs were involved in eight deaths.
Officers said they are partnering with the Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs to remind all riders to stay safe.
Deputy Commissioner Rose DiMarco said most deaths are due to riders underestimating the risks of not wearing helmets and then failing to maintain control of their vehicle. “Whether you are hunting by an off-road vehicle this fall or simply out for a ride, make every ride a safe one for you and your passengers,” DiMarco says.
The General Manager of the Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs Denise Erickson added while off-roading, hunting and camping are great ways to enjoy the outdoors this fall, safety should always come first. “Many of us love to enjoy it with family and friends so please remember that it is not only about you,” Erickson said in the release. “It’s also about the safety of your passengers and others who are out enjoying the sport with you. Remember the basics such as always wearing a helmet and riding within your abilities. Don’t become a statistic.”
The OPP added that over the past decade, more than one-half of riders who have died in off-road vehicle collisions were not wearing helmets.
Written by Greg Higgins