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OPP reminds people to keep safety top of mind on the trails

Leading causes of injury and death involving off-road vehicles are losing control, alcohol consumption, lack of experience and carelessness
2020-08-01 ATV Patrol
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The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind those travelling on Off Road Vehicles (ORV) to exercise caution and ride within the laws that are designed to keep you safe. The term ORV includes vehicles commonly known as All Terrain Vehicles (ATV), side-by-sides, Utility-Terrain Vehicles (UTV) and Ontario law has recently changed to include Extreme Terrain Vehicles (XTV) and Off-Road Motorcycles (ORM).

Leading causes of injury and death involving ORVs include losing control, alcohol consumption, lack of experience and overall carelessness. Common contributing factors also include driving too fast for conditions and not wearing a helmet. Driving an ORV while impaired is a criminal offence and carries the same impaired driving penalties that apply to driving a motor vehicle.

Though operation of ORVs on Ontario roadways is generally prohibited, there are exceptions permitted by Ontario regulations and municipality by-laws to allow crossing of roadways and ORV travel on the shoulder of specified roads. Drivers operating a permitted ORV along a road or highway must hold at least a G2 or M2 driver's licence, and their vehicle must be registered and insured. For more information on driving ORVs on roadways, you can visit the Ontario website or consult your local Municipality.

The Orillia OPP would like to thank everyone who share the responsibility of keeping our roads, trails and waterways safe by reporting impaired drivers. We are committed to serving our province by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety. If you have any information about crime in our community please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or report minor occurrences online by visiting You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.