CJ104 Crime of the Week

ATV SAFETY

Crime Stoppers, law enforcement agencies, and the New Brunswick ATV Federation would like the public to be aware of a growing concern involving the operation of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and other motorized vehicles such as dirt-bikes in New Brunswick.  Some areas are experiencing problems with operators who do not ride safely and responsibly, do not travel on approved trails and who do not comply with regulations such as wearing helmets, possession of a trail permit, insurance and registration.  Driving these types of vehicles on streets, roads, farmer’s fields, ditches and non-approved trails is illegal unless approval has been granted by the landowner or municipal and government authorities.  This approval is usually limited to gain access for fuel, motels and restaurants.  Operators must familiarize themselves with the approved trail maps of their area.  Having obtained and purchased all the required documentation does not permit the operator to drive in non-approved areas or trails.  Anyone operating these vehicles illegally could face criminal charges under the Off Road Vehicle Act and Motor Vehicle Act of New Brunswick.  Charges can result in fines, vehicle seizure or loss of driving license and privileges. The irresponsible behavior of a few drivers is disrespectful of the majority of law abiding off-road drivers who enjoy their sport.  Risk of injury to innocent citizens, pedestrians and other drivers increases due to the criminal actions of a few.  

If you have any information concerning the unlawful operation of an ATV and wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or contact us on our website at www.crimenb.ca. Your anonymity is guaranteed. We want your information, not your name. If your information leads to an arrest, you qualify for a cash award of up to $2,000.

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