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NEWS RELEASE · 22nd June 2010
Kitimat RCMP
Summer is officially here and summer activities are in full swing. For many in Kitimat, summer activities include enjoying the great outdoors on all terrain vehicles and dirt bikes. By ensuring the safe and legal operation of such motor vehicles, Kitimat RCMP hopes to ensure everyone can enjoy the summer months to the fullest.

Riding dirt bikes and ATV's is permitted on private property (with permission), forest service roads and in the back country. Operation of ATV's and dirt bikes is not allowed on highways, streets, lanes or pathways or in parks and green spaces inside the city or parks. Common sense should dictate that locations where there are other vehicles, pedestrians or kids playing, are not good places to ride an ATV or dirt bike.

Obviously there is a risk associated with these activities, and to mitigate this risk, proper safety equipment including approved helmets and required lights must be used.

Unsafe ATV and dirt bike use, or riding where not permitted is not only dangerous, but also illegal. Offences can result in fines and the seizure of the vehicle used in the offence. By following the laws and utilizing safe driving practices, we can all enjoy another beautiful Kitimat summer.

Unfortunately, there have already been numerous incidents of inconsiderate riders coming into conflict with other citizens resulting in complaints about noise, and unsafe riding of dirt bikes. In response, police will be increasing enforcement around areas in town that have been used by dirt bike riders. Police would like to remind dirt bike and ATV owners to walk or trailer their bikes to areas where they are permitted to ride.

The RCMP recognizes that many people here enjoy exploring the local forest and mountains using all terrain vehicles and dirt bikes, and the safe operation of this equipment in permitted areas can be a great recreational pastime. Please enjoy safely and responsibly!