The Bathurst detachment of the Northeast District RCMP is reminding all-terrain vehicle (ATV) drivers of safe driving practices after several complaints in North Tetagouche.
RCMP have received reports over the past few weeks of ATV drivers speeding and driving recklessly on the North Tetagouche Road. RCMP have stepped up patrols in the area to address offenders.
"We frequently get reports of off-road vehicles driving on the road or too close to the road" says Sgt. Benoit Jolette with the Bathurst RCMP. "We are asking all ATVers to slow down and ensure they're following the law. This is for your own safety, and the safety of others on the road."
The RCMP would like to remind ATV enthusiasts of a few simple tips to make every ride an enjoyable and safe one:
- Ride sober and remind others to do so as well. Drinking and operating an ATV is a criminal offence and can lead to serious injuries or even death for riders, passengers and others.
- Obey the rules of the road and trail. Stay on marked and approved trails, and away from streams.
- Bring your vehicle to a complete stop before crossing a highway, and always drive directly across. You must stay at least 7.5 metres away from highways except when crossing.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Bathurst detachment at 506-548-7771. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by texting TIP212 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637), or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca.