The Ontario Provincial Police continue to be concerned with the injuries and deaths related to All Terrain Vehicle usage and people failing to obey the laws concerning their use on Highways. So far this year, a 25-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy have been killed in Off-Road Vehicle collisions. There have been personal injury collisions involving drivers and passengers ranging from 10 to 22 years of age. Recent crashes prove that off-road vehicles can be extremely dangerous if not used in a safe and responsible manner.
On roadways with speed limits of 50kph or less, ATVs have a speed limit of 20kph. On approved highways, ATVs have a speed limit of 50kph. ATVs can only drive on the shoulder of the road, and it is the operator’s responsibility to find out which roads have been approved for ATV use in your area.
Some of the other rules that apply to ATVs operated on approved roads:
- Approved helmets must be worn and securely fastened; and
- The ATV is designed for the driver only and PASSENGERS ARE NOT allowed on roads.
Research the Off-Road Vehicles Act for all laws that apply to ATV use.