ATV LAW & SAFETY REMINDERS

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service would like to remind community members of All-terrain Vehicle (ATV) laws and safety recommendations.  With the abundance of snow we are enjoying this winter, let’s all do our part to ensure safety is a priority while using any snowmobile or ATV.

ATV LAWS

In 1993, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne ratified the Akwesasne All-Terrain Vehicle By-law which includes the following General Prohibitions:

3.1 – No person shall drive an ATV except under the authority of a permit for the vehicle, issued pursuant to this law and with the numbered plate showing and the numbered permit displayed on the vehicle.
3.2 – No owner of an ATV shall permit a child under the age of 13 to drove the ATV unless:

  1. a) The ATV is driven on land, where the owner is the occupier of the land
  2. b) The child is under the close supervision of an adult

3.3 – Every person who drives an ATV without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons or property is guilty of an offence.
3.6 – No person shall operate an ATV on the Territory of Akwesasne between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., if said operations substantially interferes with the reasonable enjoyment of the vicinity of others in the immediate area. 
3.7 – No operator, while operation an ATV shall permit more than the number of persons recommended by the manufacturer of the ATV, to ride on said ATV.
3.11 – No person shall drive or ride on or be towed by an ATV unless he is wearing a helmet fastened under his chin with a chin strap.
3.13 – No person shall drive an ATV on any public roadway, unless:

  1. a) that the vehicle is properly insured pursuant to section 5
  2. b) The driver exercises due care as required by Subsection 3.3 of this section
  3. c) The driver has a valid driver’s license;
  4. d) The driver of the ATV does not exceed ½ of the posted speed limit on which he is driving.

5.1 – No person shall drive an ATV unless it is insured under an ATV liability policy.
6.1  - A police officer who on reasonable and probable grounds, believes that a contravention of this law has been committed, may stop any person driving an ATV.

To read the law in its entirety please visit: http://www.akwesasne.ca/sites/default/files/pdf/all_terrain_vehicle_law.pdf or contact the Akwesasne Justice Department for a copy.

Safety Recommendations:

You’re more likely to be injured on an ATV if you don’t use it properly. If you’re a parent who owns or operates an ATV, you can model safe behavior by following these guidelines:
Age and experience: Driver error and loss of control are common causes of ATV crashes. Children younger than 16 years old should not operate ATVs. They don’t have the strength, skills or experience to handle ATVs safely.
Passengers: ATVs are meant to be used by a single driver. Passengers are not recommended because they can affect the balance and make it hard for the driver to stay in control. Children should never ride as passengers on ATVs.
Proper equipment: ATV drivers should always wear an approved helmet for ATVs or motorcycles (such as a helmet meeting the Canadian Standards Association, Department of Transportation/Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, Snell or American National Standards Institute motorcycle helmet standards, not a bicycle helmet), eye protection, and proper clothing, such as boots, gloves and long pants.
Training: ATV drivers should take an approved training course.
Thank you for keeping Akwesasne safe this winter season.