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ATV Safety In Province An Uphill Battle, Says Safety NL Instructor


July 12th, 2018
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    ATV Safety In Province An Uphill Battle, Says Safety NL Instructor
  • The supervising chief instructor with Safety NL says they are fighting an uphill battle when it comes to ATV safety in the province.

    Darrin Dunphy says it seems in Newfoundland and Labrador, safety is simply overlooked with ATV use. He says that’s likely because many grew up with the machines, and feel they know exactly what they are doing.

    But Dunphy says many are just not riding safely.

    Dunphy says he lives in rural Newfoundland, and every 25-minutes or so, he says he will see or hear an ATV “zooming” in or out the roadway. He says if you’re using the machine in a safe manner to move something from point A to point B, usually there will not be an issue – but he says careless use is simply not safe.

    He says law enforcement in this province do not have the resources to enforce the laws of ATV use. He used rural Newfoundland as an example.

    He says where he lives, there’s about 100 kilometres or more that at any given time there are about two-officers covering. He says it’s only hit or miss if they have the time to look into ATV safety. He says they’re fighting a losing battle.

    Posted on July 12th, 2018