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P.E.I. RCMP remind ATV operators in West Prince of rules, laws

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Now that schools are finishing up for the year, RCMP officers are noticing that more all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are being driven on the highways and in the communities of West Prince. 

The RCMP is wishing to remind the public of some of the laws surrounding ATV's.

Operating on a highway can result in charges under the Off-Highway Vehicle Act resulting in a $250 fine. 

In P.E.I., it is illegal to operate an ATV on the Confederation Trail, on any beach or on sand dunes.

It is also illegal for ATV operators to drive their ATV's on someone's land without first gaining permission from the land owners. 

All ATV operators and passengers are required to wear a CSA approved helmet at all times while it is in operation.

The RCMP would like parents to speak with their teenagers about the risks involved with driving an ATV. 

Adults should reacquaint themselves with the laws and set a good example for others by following the laws and showing respect for landowners, other drivers and pedestrians.

The RCMP acknowledges the majority of ATV operators are law-abiding, but there are a few who are putting the public at risk. 

Trying to avoid a possible ticket isn't worth causing a collision, where there is potential for serious harm and damage.

The RCMP is requesting assistance from the public and to report anyone who is breaking the law by calling the West Prince RCMP Detachment at 902-853-9300 or P.E.I. Crime Stoppers at or at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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