New Brunswick

2 accidents prompt police to remind ATV riders to be safe

Two ATV accidents over the weekend, including one incident in which a man died, should serve as a reminder for New Brunswick riders to practice safe driving, say police.

Two ATV accidents over the weekend, including one incident in which a man died, should serve as a reminder for New Brunswick riders to practice safe driving, say police.

In Nackawic on Saturday, police responded to a call where a 55-year-old man rolled his ATV on a logging road and became stuck under it in a pool or water. He died as a result of his injuries, police said.

A man from Hampton was arrested on Sunday after he hit a pedestrian on Kiersteadville Road while driving an ATV.

Alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash, police said. Charges have not yet been laid and the man involved in the accident has since been released.

The 27-year-old man who was struck was taken to hospital and treated for broken bones, police said.

The investigations into both accidents are ongoing.

Reminder to drivers

The accidents should remind drivers of the vehicles to ride safely, said RCMP Staff Sgt. Garry Cameron.

"It just brings back the fact that ATVs should be treated as a motor vehicle under the Criminal Code and Motor Vehicle Act," Cameron said.

"Even though it's a recreational vehicle, it's still dangerous for the operator and for other people around, pedestrians in this case, so it's important that all the operators of these recreational vehicles be responsible for how they drive and how they operate," Cameron said.

People riding their ATVs should also be aware that trails are not roads, he said.

"It's not like driving on a highway so you have to take attention when you're driving on an ATV," he said.

Most drivers know they should respect the laws, stay on the trail system and use their machines safely, said Daniel Boucher, president of the New Brunswick ATV Federation.

"If they go by those major principles and they use proper techniques, they should be OK," Boucher said.