Province comments on ATV fatalities

7/19/2012

The provincial government says an upswing in all-terrain vehicle fatalities doesn't mean rules introduced three years ago aren't working. The Mounties say eight people have died in ATV accidents already this year -- the same figure for all of last year; there were five such fatalities in each of the two previous years. Deborah Nobes of the public safety department notes, new regulations in 2009 were aimed at protecting young riders, and didn't deal with impaired driving or not wearing helmets, which were factors in seven of this year's deaths. She adds, however, that the province will keep working at changing the culture around drinking and driving for all vehicles.

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