As of May 15, 2017, a new law will take effect for off-highway vehicles.

An off-highway vehicle is any motorized mode of transportation built for cross-country travel on land, snow, water, ice or any other natural terrains.

"There are a number of accidents every year including fatalities. A number of those are regularly caused by head injuries as a result of a collision or accident on a OHV," stated Infrastructure and Transportation Minister, Brian Mason.

"In the interest of safety we, as well as the OHV community, are moving to require helmets in order to protect people from being killed or having a serious brain injury in an accident."

This new law will have a number of exemptions.

"It will only apply on public land and a number of occupations like farming or ranching are exempt," Mason explained. "In terms of the recreational use of off-road vehicles on public land, it will be required that people riding or operating these vehicles wear a DOT approved helmet."

Failing to wear a helmet will result in a $155 fine.

"If you're wearing a non-CSA approved helmet it will be $93 and they include a victim surcharge," noted Mason.

On average, close to 19 people a year are killed operating OHV's.

"In the period between 2002 and 2013, 74 people died from head injuries from riding OHV's."

"We have very strong support from the various organizations of people who enjoy owning and operating these vehicles," concluded Mason.

 

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