Kings District RCMP wants ATV enthusiasts to know they can expect to see them patrolling the trails this summer. Police will be out, and will be ensuring the shared trails are being used safely. Over the past weekend, members of Kings District RCMP made patrols of the local trails in the Kingston, Aylesford and Berwick areas. Summary Offence tickets were issued for offences under the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act and Off-Highway Vehicle Act. One individual was taken into custody for failing to comply with an Undertaking.
The RCMP would like to remind ATV riders of a few simple tips to help ensure everyone's ride is an enjoyable one:
- Be aware of hazards and mindful of changing weather conditions. Stay on marked trails and watch out for hikers and animals. Obey the rules of the trail and be respectful.
- Wear appropriate safety gear such as helmets, goggles, boots, eye protection, and gloves. Be prepared for adverse weather and wear layers of clothing.
- Do not use alcohol, cannabis, or other drugs while riding. You could be risking the safety of yourself and others.
- Have a plan. Tell someone when you are leaving and when you will be back. Avoid riding alone and carry a first aid kit, tow rope, overnight bag in case you need it. Know your route!
- Do not ride beyond your ability. Refrain from "stunting" and take breaks when you need them.
- Ensure you keep your ATV fueled, and that you keep yourself fueled as well.
- Do a pre-ride inspection every time you drive your ATV. Check the tires for wear and rims for damage. Look over your controls and make sure all cables and connections are intact.
- Be prepared for random checks by RCMP officers on ATVs or at check points. Make sure your ATV is registered and properly insured. If the trails you're riding on require a trail pass, ensure you have one.
- When stopping for a break or any time your ATV is left unattended, please ensure your valuables are stored out of sight, properly secured, or kept with you.
For more information about the training and requirements to operate an all-terrain-vehicle legally in Nova Scotia, please visit: https://novascotia.ca/natr/ohv/