Now that hunting season is here, northeastern OPP units are reminding ATVers to follow all of the laws. This comes as the police are getting increased calls about ATV’s and Off-Road-Vehicles on prohibited roadways. They are allowed on provincial and municipal highways, but only if the municipality has a by-law allowing it. Speed limits are also lower for ATV’s than cars. Twenty km/h on a road with a posted limit of 50 km/h or less, and no more than 50 km/h on roads with a posted limit higher than 50 km/h.

The OPP is also releasing the following list of safety tips:

  • Know your vehicle and read its operator’s manual before you ride;
  • Wear an approved helmet securely fastened or seat belt when there is one provided;
  • Graduated licensing requirements apply to young and novice drivers when driving on-road;
  • Do a pre-ride inspection;
  • Never ride beyond your skill level or abilities; and pay attention to trail, road and weather conditions;
  • Drive sober – it’s against the law to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

The police also note to wear hunter orange, and don’t leave firearms in the ATV without a proper securing method.