Legislation requiring off-highway vehicle riders to wear helmets was brought in on Monday, but the president of an association in Alberta that oversees the activity warns there’s more that riders should be aware of when it comes to safety.
“All riders must wear a helmet, it’s the law. OHV riders under 15 must be supervised by a parent, have one head lamp, one rear lamp, approved muffler with spark arrester, and be responsible. Have valid insurance, registration, license plates, know wear camping and riding is allowed, and be aware of trail regulations and advisories,” said Alberta Off-Highway Vehicle Association of Alberta President Brent Hodgson on the Alberta Morning News.
Hodgson said the activity seems to be tainted by a handful of people and safety needs to come first. He adds the AOHVA is developing a new framework to help address more safety issues.
“A four point plan brings forward a good framework to bring people on board and to generate the necessary funds to build and maintain trails, but mostly it’s to get everybody to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. That’s the main framework that we need to change and so far that hasn’t happened. Until that comes about I don’t think we’ll be successful in engaging everybody.”