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NEWS RELEASE · 19th July 2012
Incident one
On July 16th 2012 at 6:42 pm, Tumbler Ridge RCMP responded to an All Terrain Vehicle accident on a trail beside Mackenzie Way near the local Baseball Diamond.

A lone rider was driving a 2012 CANAM 1000 side by side at a high rate of speed, northbound on the trail. Witnesses advised the ATV hit a dip in the trail and became airborne. The driver was unable to control the vehicle as it landed back on the trail and collided into several trees, overturning the ATV and ejecting the driver. The 31 year old male driver was not wearing any safety equipment or the seatbelt that the ATV was equipped with.

BC Ambulance transported the male to Tumbler Ridge Medical Clinic where he was treated by medical staff for a broken pelvis and a concussion.

The driver was charged under the Motor Vehicle All Terrain Act for Careless Operation. The violation comes with a fine of $115.

Incident two

On July 16th 2012, at 7:48 p.m., 100 Mile RCMP attended the scene of collision on Highway 24 at the Lone Butte dump site, involving a Ford Ranger truck and an ATV being operated by two young males.

Police Investigation indicated that the ATV, being driven by a 16 year old male, entered onto the highway without looking into the path of an oncoming vehicle. A collision resulted in the boys being ejected from the ATV.

“Though helmets were worn by both males, the driver suffered injuries of deep scrapes and bruises” stated Cst. Lesley Smith, North District Media liaison,

“The 12 year old passenger suffered a broken hip and was transported to hospital for treatment."

Charges under the Motor Vehicle Act have been laid against the driver of the ATV for Failing to Yield to Traffic and Operating an Unlicensed Vehicle. The ATV was destroyed in the collision and the truck sustained extensive damage.

Please be aware

RCMP are warning operators of All Terrain Vehicles to use extreme caution, be aware of your surroundings and to abide by the Motor Vehicle Act when operating their vehicles this summer.

RCMP would like to warn other riders that if they are caught operating an ATV at a high rate of speed or in a manner dangerous to the public, they will be charged.

Can Am safety
Comment by Lance Armstrong on 20th July 2012
The first driver must have bypassed the Can Am saftey setting. Those 1000 side by sides have a safety setting that significantly reduces the power if your not wearing your seatbelt. You would be nuts to drive one of those not wearing one!
We have those too.
Comment by Walter Fricke on 19th July 2012
We were up the Copper River Road yesterday coming back toward Terrace when we happened across a quadder with a child in front of him, a child behind and a female adult behind the last child. Four on a quad? They were also on the main forestry road which is, I believe, not for unlicenced, nor uninsured motor vehicles.