Oct. 21, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - All-terrain vehicle (ATV) enthusiasts are being reminded that with colder weather approaching, they should exercise caution and ensure that they are properly prepared for the elements at all times.
At this time of year, ATV riders should be ready for any eventuality while in the woods. With darkness approaching earlier each day, and with riders sometimes going into more remote locations for hunting purposes, the potential for danger increases.
"We recently had a situation in the province where two ATV riders were stranded in the woods," said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran. "Through a joint patrol effort between RCMP, our Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement Unit, and a local ATV club, the riders were found and transported to safety. However, they were not properly clothed for the elements, and the situation could have had a very different outcome. This is a good time to remind all ATV riders to be prepared for changing weather and the possibility of losing their way in the woods as darkness approaches."
Following are some safety precautions for ATV operators:
"New Brunswick's ATV community is a vital part of our recreational heritage," Foran said. "I'm confident that we can all work together to ensure that all ATV riders enjoy the natural beauty of our province, and arrive home safely."
The Department of Public Safety is committed to building a safer New Brunswick. More than 50,000 off-road vehicles are registered in the province annually, and $25 of every $41 registration fee is re-invested in the province's trail network via the Trail Management Trust Fund, which is administered by the Department of Natural Resources.
MEDIA CONTACT: Chrystiane Mallaley, media relations, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-4430.