OPP issue warning as Fall brings out more ATV riders

Off-road collisions have claimed 20 lives this year

Ontario Provincial Police are urging ATV operators to ride with caution and within the law.

“Every year, our collision data tells us that the majority of off-road vehicle deaths involve riders who underestimate the risks of riding without a helmet, fail to maintain control of their vehicle or drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.¬†Whether you are hunting by off-road vehicle this fall or simply out for a ride, make every ride a safe one for you and your passengers.”

– Deputy Commissioner Rose DiMarco, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support

Officers have investigated 20 fatal off-road collisions this year – one more than to this point last year. More than half of the victims were not wearing a helmet, loss of control was a factor in ten cases and eight of the deaths involved the use of drugs or alcohol.

“Off-roading, hunting and camping are great ways to enjoy the outdoors this fall. Many of us love to enjoy it with family and friends so please remember that safety is not only about you. 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.”

– Denise Erickson, General Manager, Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs

More than half of the drivers and passengers who have died in off-road vehicle collisions in the past 10 years (2009-2019) were not wearing a helmet.