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Advisory issued regarding off-road vehicle use


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The Windsor Police Service – Amherstburg Detachment states it has received numerous complaints regarding the illegal operation of ATVs, dirt bikes, and golf carts on private property and highways within the community.


“We urge residents to be aware of the associated safety risks and legal consequences of operating these vehicles unlawfully,” Staff Sgt. Brian Caffarena said in an e-mail. “Operating ATVs, dirt bikes, or golf carts on private property or highways without proper authorization poses significant safety hazards to both riders and other road users. These vehicles are not designed for highway use and lack the necessary safety features to navigate public roads safely.


Additionally, operating these vehicles on private property without permission can lead to property damage and legal liabilities.”


In accordance with Ontario's Off-Road Vehicles Act and Highway Traffic Act, police say individuals found operating ATVs, dirt bikes, or golf carts illegally may face fines, vehicle impoundment, and other legal consequences. These penalties are in place to protect public safety and ensure compliance with provincial regulations governing the operation of motorized vehicles.


“The Windsor Police Service is committed to addressing these concerns and enforcing relevant legislation to promote community safety,” the e-mail states. “We encourage residents to report any instances of illegal ATV, dirt bike, or golf cart operation to the Windsor Police Service by filing a Road Watch complaint via the Windsor Police Service website, or by contacting Windsor & Essex County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.catchcrooks.com.”


Furthermore, police advise all residents to familiarize themselves with Ontario's regulations regarding the operation of off-road vehicles and motorized vehicles upon highways.


“By adhering to these regulations, we can work together to create a safer community for all,” the e-mail added.

 

Accidents


The Windsor Police Service – Amherstburg Detachment reported a trio of accidents recently.


•The first accident was reported at North Townline (County Road 8) and Howard Ave. (County Road 9) March 20. Police say one vehicle turned and collided with a second vehicle. There were no serious injuries and one of the drivers was charged with fail to yield to traffic.


•A rear-end collision was reported March 18 in the 1500 block of Front Road North. According to police, there were no serious injuries and a Provincial Offense Notice (PON) issued for following too closely.


•A two-vehicle collision on Richmond St. at Sandwich St. S. was reported March 15 where police say one vehicle rear-ended another. There were no serious injuries, police add, with one driver issued a PON for careless driving.

 

—All information courtesy of the Windsor Police Service – Amherstburg Detachment


Advisory issued regarding off-road vehicle use

Use of ATVs, dirt bikes and golf carts prompt advisory from police

 

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