Manitoba RCMP want to remind operators of the laws for Off Road Vehicles to ensure a safe ride. According to the Off Road Vehicles Act anyone under the age of 14 must have direct supervision of a parent or legal guardian who is a minimum of 18 years of age. Youth over 14 can ride without parental supervision but cannot cross a roadway until they obtain a valid driver’s license. ORVs are not to be operated on roadways, shoulders, medians of divided highways or sidewalks. They are permitted to be in the ditch but remember to be on the lookout for hazards such as culverts, driveway approaches and road signs.
In 2021 RCMP in Manitoba responded to eight fatal collisions involving off road vehicles and 58 collisions where serious injuries occurred. Contributing factors in these collisions included speed, no helmet and impaired driving.