RCMP crack down on N.L. underage ATV drivers, but hit roadblocks with parents

November 14th, 2018

With seven investigations involving youths since the start of the school year, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police say they are taking a firm approach to curbing underage ATV use.

The cases vary in location and details — including a 12-year-old from Anchor Point riding in the middle of Highway 430 on the Northern Peninsula, a 14-year-old getting stuck in a bog hole while trying to evade the cops, and a 12-year-old driving back and forth to school in Buchans.

Despite issuing charges and warnings, police say they're having a hard time getting the message across to some parents.

"They're not buying into what you're selling, they don't understand the risks that are there," said RCMP Cpl. Jolene Garland. 

"They seem to think it was fine when they grew up and, you know, it should be fine for their children as well."

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Two ATVs are driven down a road in Colliers last year, in this still image taken from a video posted on Twitter before it was deleted. Police in Newfoundland and Labrador say curbing illegal ATV use starts with parents, but they are having a hard time getting through in some communities around the province. (Submitted/Twitter)

Posted on November 14th, 2018