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Helmetless motorcyclist got bad online advice

Driver told police he read in a forum that Ontario Premier Doug Ford had lifted the helmet laws -- and realized later it was false information.


When researching traffic laws in Ontario, not every Internet source can be relied upon. 

The Thunder Bay Police Service recently learned of a motorcyclist and their passenger riding along Arthur Street without helmets on Sunday, May 24. 

A member of the TBPS’s Traffic Unit was able to positively identify and locate the driver. 

The driver told the officer they had read on a motorcycle forum that the Premier had lifted the requirement for motorcycle helmets in Ontario. After noticing other motorcyclists still wearing helmets, the riders became suspicious and returned home where they reviewed the forum post and discovered the information was false. 

The officer cautioned the motorcyclist regarding Ontario’s helmet laws. 

If you have questions about driving laws in Ontario please visit the Ministry of Transportation (MTO). Online forums and articles, even if they cite the Highway Traffic Act, could contain outdated or inaccurate information. 

Learn more about the laws governing motorcycle driving and licencing here:

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