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Newfoundland and Labrador Injury Prevention Coalition, Newfoundland and Labrador Public Health Association and SafetyNL. #nltraffic #atv #offroad PRESS RELEASE: Stop Preventable Injuries on All-Terrain Vehicles and Motorized Snow Vehicles!


July 23rd, 2018

Newfoundland and Labrador Injury Prevention Coalition, Newfoundland and Labrador Public Health Association and SafetyNL

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Stop Preventable Injuries on All-Terrain Vehicles and Motorized Snow Vehicles!

 

- - - NL Injury Prevention Coalition, NL Public Health Association & Safety NL Joint Position Paper on All-Terrain Vehicles & Snowmobiles and Safety

 

https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/8c1e2257-f3a8-4854-9bff-d15b91c49d48

 

This is a Call to Action for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to update the existing Motorized Snow Vehicles and All-Terrain Vehicles legislation to improve safety and reduce injuries especially for our province's youth. Much has changed since the legislation was last amended in 2005: ATVs and snowmobiles are larger, faster and heavier, and as a result injuries are more significant. It takes a proactive effort to update the existing legislation to meet the current ATV and snowmobile environment and make our province safer.  The partner organizations are recommending the following:

 

1. Legislation:

a) Legislate a minimum operator age of 16 years of age for snowmobiles.

b) Introduce mandatory helmet use for all off-road vehicles (including snowmobiles, side-by-sides).

c) Introduce mandatory driver training and licensing.

d) Update the definition of a ‘vehicle’ in the Motorized Snow Vehicle and All-Terrain Vehicle (MSV-ATV) Act and Regulations to include newer models of off-road vehicles (side-by-sides and youth-model ATVs).

e) Remove section 25.(a) MSV-ATV Act and Regulations.

2. Education and Awareness:

a) Educate the public about the risks associated with ATV and snowmobile use through promotional campaigns (when the Act is amended and another campaign one year later), promotion and offers of community safety programs for ATV and snowmobile use, and partnerships of RCMP, RNC and community or school groups to provide safety presentations in communities. 

 

Contact: info@nlipc.ca

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Posted on July 23rd, 2018