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Police Report Jump In Off Road Deaths This Year

Posted: 2019-10-24 10:05:47 By: hbr

Police say that with hunters and off-road enthusiasts taking advantage of the fall riding season, the OPP is partnering with the Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs (OFATV) to remind all off-roaders to do their part to stay safe.

So far this year, police have responded to 20 fatal off-road vehicle collisions this year, which is an 18 per cent increase over last year.

OPP investigations revealed that more than half of the deceased were not wearing a helmet during their ride. At least eight (8) of this year's deaths involved alcohol/drugs .

Denise Erickson, General Manager, Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs  says “remember the basics such as always wearing a helmet and riding within your abilities. Don't become a statistic,” she said.