Pandemic risks stranding ATV enthusiasts, says OPP ‘SAVE’ unit

SMITHS FALLS — The OPP cautions ATV enthusiasts to be aware the COVID-19 pandemic means “a potential lack resources” as they head out to the trails for some springtime riding,

“Many small businesses and gas stations with trail access may be operating on reduced schedules or not operating at all. Please check before you head out to avoid being stranded,” advises the Ontario Provincial Police East Region Snowmobile ATV Vessel Enforement (SAVE) unit in a press release today.

SAVE also offers the requisite warnings about “unpredictable and unsafe” ice conditions amid the spring thaw.

To make their day as safe and fun as possible, SAVE advises ATV riders to:

  • Exercise caution and ride within laws that are designed to keep you safe while operating any type of off-road vehicle (ORV).
  • Riders and passengers must always wear a securely fastened and approved helmet.
  • Do not consume alcohol, operating an ATV while impaired incurs the same penalties as driving a vehicle while impaired.
  • Always ensure you are legally allowed to ride the area you are in.
  • Let someone know where you are going and when you will be returning.
  • Remember cell service is not always available along the trails.
  • Wear protective clothing and footwear, keep in mind weather can change quickly this time of year.
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