Niagara Regional Police will target ATVs and off-road vehicles who are not following the rules of the road, trespassing on private property, and causing damage to property in the Welland and Pelham areas under a new safety initiative.
In a release, police said the initiative is designed to prevent accident and injury, protect property and preserve the peace. It will take place this summer and fall and is a result of ongoing complaints regarding ATV and dirt bike riders.
Police said they will strictly enforce all relevant legislation including the Off Road Vehicles Act, the Trespass to Property Act and the Criminal Code. This enforcement initiative will target riders who fail to comply with legislation and who do not have the proper documentation, registration or insurance for their vehicles.
Police said they will remain active in this initiative to ensure the safety of all riders, pedestrians and residents in areas frequented by off-road vehicles.
Offroad vehicles are prohibited from entering on St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. property in Welland, and on other private property in Welland and Pelham.
Police would also like to remind residents that these properties are marked with no trespassing signs, which include pedestrians.
“We would also like to remind ATV and other off-road vehicle riders to be safety conscious, follow the rules, to not trespass on private property and to use common sense when operating their vehicles,” police said in the release.
Police will also be working together with residents of Pelham to deal with similar concerns involving the use of off-road vehicles in a manner contrary to community safety to ensure the peaceful enjoyment of property.