Alberta is introducing legislation that would require people to wear helmets when operating off-highway vehicles, or OHVs, on public land.
The proposed law would apply to ATVs, snowmobiles, dirt bikes, four-wheel drive vehicles and other machines used for cross-country travel.
It would not apply to anyone using off-highway vehicles on private property, including for farm and ranch work, or on First Nations and Metis land.
Transportation Minister Brian Mason says such legislation would reduce unnecessary deaths and injuries from off-highway vehicle crashes.
The Injury Prevention Centre at the University of Alberta says the province is one of the last jurisdictions in Canada to bring in a law regarding helmets for OHVs.
They also report that 19 people are killed each year in the province, while more than 1,000 Alberta children under 16 were injured last year while riding on such machines. (MS, KLM, with files from Global News)