Peterborough County OPP are investigating another ATV crash, the third in as many weeks.
Police say on a trail off County Road 36 in Trend Lakes late yesterday afternoon, a 19 year old was driving an ATV with a 44 year old male passenger, towing a disable ATV trailer when they collided with a rock.
Both men were ejected from the machine after the crash caused the trailer to break free.
Both the men were wearing helmets at the time, but the passenger was transferred by air ambulance to a trauma centre with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Police continue to investigate.
The Peterborough County OPP is reminding riders to exercise caution and follow basic safety rules when operating off-road vehicles (ORV). Investigations into ORV collisions continue to show that alcohol consumption, lack of experience, high speed, lack of helmet use and overall carelessness are major contributing factors in severe injuries or deaths associated with this outdoor activity.
ATVs are prohibited from all roadways in Ontario unless the municipality has passed a bylaw to make an exception to this rule. ATV operators must remember that:
Operator must drive the ATV on the far right hand side of the roadway.
All riders must always wear an approved safety helmet.
Drivers must hold a valid G2 or greater drivers licence (if operated on roadways where allowed).
20 km/h is the maximum speed an ATV can travel on roads with a posted speed limit of 50 km/h or less.
Operator shall operate the ATV at a speed of one half of the posted limit up to a maximum speed of 50km/h.
Impaired Operation – drinking and driving while operating an ATV is a criminal offence and carries the same penalties as operating a vehicle.
Ownership – vehicle must be registered and proof of same must be produced at the trailside.
ATV owner must have liability insurance and surrender proof upon request.
Licence Plate – the vehicle must have a properly displayed off-road licence plate.
Age – must be at least 12 years of age (when operating on trails unsupervised).
An ATV travelling along a road must have its headlights and tail lights on.
Ride with others – never alone.
Remember to always operate your ATV with an approved helmet, eye protection, boots, gloves, long pants and long-sleeved shirt or jacket.