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OPP appeals to off-roaders to be safe

Three fatalities have OPP reminding off-roaders to avoid behaviours that pose serious risks to their safety
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With two adults and one youth having lost their lives in off-road vehicle incidents so far this year, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Ontario Federation of All-Terrain Vehicle Clubs (OFATV) are appealing to off-roaders of all ages to avoid behaviours that pose serious risks to their safety.       

Alcohol consumption and lack of helmet use are leading contributing factors in off-road vehicle deaths every year. The OPP and OFATV cannot stress enough that driving free of alcohol and drugs and wearing a helmet during every ride will go a long way to keeping off-road vehicle drivers and their passengers safe.  

With the size and horsepower of off-road vehicles having increased over the years, it is important that parents take research-backed manufacturers' recommendations seriously to ensure children and youths are driving an off-road vehicle that is safe for their age, weight and skill level. Adult supervision is also recommended so that families can enjoy the sport and ride safely together.       

The OPP and OFATV strongly recommend having your child complete a safety course such as those offered by the Canadian ATV Safety Institute and Canadian Safety Council to ensure good habits and safety are learned from the outset.