Saturday, July 26, 2014

OPP Reminding Off Road Riders to Wear Proper Safety Equipment

Dufferin County, ON (OPP - Dufferin Detachment) The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in Central Region has investigated two deaths related to off-road vehicle related activities this past week.

Fatalities such as these are as tragic as they are preventable.  The OPP is reminding riders of their responsibility to ensure their safe operation.  This includes operating the vehicle in a safe manner to afford the opportunity of reacting appropriately to sudden changes in trail conditions, and to always wear the proper protective equipment to reduce the risks of injury.

All-Terrain Vehicles and other Off-Highway Vehicles are motorized vehicles that require skill, good judgement and the proper use of helmets and other safety equipment to operate safely.

“Helmets are required by law and personal protective equipment can reduce the risk of serious injuries.  Riders should remain vigilant of the ever changing terrain and operate their recreational vehicles within their personal capabilities”. - Chief Superintendent John Tod, Regional Commander OPP Central Region

Personal protective equipment can include goggles that fit over the helmet, gloves, chest protectors, proper footwear and other safety related sportswear.