ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
ATIKOKAN, Ont. -- Due to the increase number of All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) and Off Road Vehicles/Side by Sides (ORV) at this time of year, Members of the Atikokan Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are reminding ATV/ORV operators of the requirements to operate these in Ontario. The OPP are also asking the public to partner with them to reduce the rising number of ATV/ORV incidents.
Alcohol use continues to be a factor in fatal ATV/ORV incidents in OPP jurisdictions. Operators are reminded that operating and ATV/ORV on or off a roadway while impaired carries the same penalties as operating a motor vehicle.
Ensure that you are aware of the requirements to operate an ATV/ORV:
- For off-road driving, the owner of the ATV/ORV must ensure the driver is at least 12 years of age, unless they are on land occupied by the ATV/ORV owner or under the close supervision of an adult
- To drive on or even cross a roadway the operator must be 16 years of age and hold a minimum class G2/M2 driver's licence
- Must wear an approved motorcycle helmet that is securely fastened under the chin with a chin strap at all times
- Must have valid insurance and registration if not on private property
- Must operate in the same direction of traffic on the shoulder if on a public roadway
- On a roadway if speed limits 50 km/h- you cannot exceed 20 km, if speed limits exceed 50 km/h- you cannot exceed 50 km/hr
- Vehicles commonly known as side by sides, are now permitted on the shoulder of public roads, and must obey the same speed limits listed above
- A golf cart is not an approved vehicle under the Highway Traffic Act or the Off Road Vehicles Act. It may only be used on private property.