Deer Lake moves to curb illegal ATV use

Police say the illegal use of ATVs in Deer Lake is causing problems for them, as well as the town, and they're hoping to make riders more aware of the rules.
RCMP and town officials in Deer Lake are targeting ATV users who break the rules in the community. (CBC)

Police say the illegal use of ATVs on roads in Deer Lake is causing problems for them, and the town.

Earlier this week, Deer Lake Mayor Dean Ball said the town council would be meeting with police to discuss how to deal with the issue.

Dean Ball, mayor of Deer Lake, says the town doesn't want to discourage ATV use, but wants to make sure everyone is being as safe as possible. (CBC)

Ball said the town doesn't want to discourage ATV use, but does have a plan to keep people safe.

"Do a major crack down on the trouble spots. We have some of the residents that have spent some horrible times, in days and nights, so we are determined to get that issue corrected," he said.

"Our goal here is to manage the issues before somebody gets hurt."

RCMP Sgt. Terry Foster said there is serious concern for the safety of pedestrians, drivers, and ATV users.

He said there have been cases where he's tried to pull over riders, but they managed to get away.

RCMP Sgt. Terry Foster says most ATV users have taken off when he's tried to pull them over. (CBC)

"I've activated the emergency lights, and in the majority of cases the people ... have taken off at high speeds," Foster said.

"It's the people riding recklessly, riding around on the back tires. They are individuals that we are concerned about and they are the ones that we are going to be targeting," he said.

Police will visit schools to inform young riders of the proper etiquette while using recreational vehicles.

The town will also hold a public meeting to talk about ATVs some time in November.


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