Search
  • ESSEX FREE PRESS

Reminder to Off-Road and All-Terrain Vehicle Operators


submitted to EFP

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Essex County Detachment is reminding all Off Road Vehicle (ORV) and All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) users to obey applicable laws and safety precautions when operating.

In accordance with the Off-Road Vehicle Act, municipalities must have a by-law permitting certain ATV and ORV use on roadways. Please check with your respective Town or Municipality regarding local legislation.

OPP have responded to several complaints regarding trespassing, mischief and ORV or ATV use on the roadways throughout Essex County.

There have been reports of ATV or ORV operators being on private property without permission and in some cases have caused damage to the property and fields. Farm crops are especially fragile at this time while new crops take hold.  

Being on private property, without permission from the property owner, is a violation under the Trespass to Property Act and could subject riders to charges. Causing damage by riding on property could subject riders to mischief charges.

Being a responsible rider by following laws and wearing approved helmets will significantly reduce the risk of injuries as well as being charged with offences.

To learn more about off road vehicle use and safety visit: www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/driver/drive-ATV.shtml

Essex County OPP regularly utilize ATV equipment to conduct proactive patrols.

  Anyone with information regarding this or any other incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.catchcrooks.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.