Snowmobiles a no-no in city limits, police warn

Winnipeg police say they've had complaints this winter about snowmobiles zipping around inside city limits.

Winnipeg police say they've had complaints this winter about snowmobiles zipping around inside city limits.

A bylaw passed last year bans the use of snowmobiles and off-road vehicles inside the city.

The bylaw was prompted by the 2011 death of a 51-year-old man who was hit by a snowmobile in a field behind the 100 block of Millwood Meadow in the Transcona neighbourhood

Const. Jason Michalyshen said on Thursday the city is no place for off-roading.

"We have young children, we have vehicles, pedestrians, all kinds of other traffic on the roadway, and certainly those individuals are not expecting an all-terrain vehicle to be driving by at high speed," he said.

Anyone caught driving a snowmobile or quad inside city limits can face fines or criminal charges. But the bylaw's true intention isn't about punishing people who love off-roading, Michalyshen said.

"It's not about coming down on these individuals that enjoy this type of recreation. It's about ensuring we don't have another tragic event," he said.