Snowmobiles

A bylaw passed in 2012 bans the use of snowmobiles and off-road vehicles inside the City of Winnipeg limits. (CBC)

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.