August 19th, 2016
Fort McMurray, Alberta – The Wood Buffalo RCMP have been conducting ATV patrols along the off highway vehicle trails from the Waterways ATV launch, through the Draper Road area and Saprae Creek.
The patrols have resulted in multiple positive youth interactions and opportunities for education on Public Land Use Zones in regards to the operation of off highway vehicles. RCMP members handed out stickers to the little riders and pamphlets to adults to increase awareness on current provincial laws, penalties and off highway regulations within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
During the course of the patrols, off highway vehicles including ATVs, side by sides and dirt bikes were checked for compliance with Provincial and Municipal regulations. Officers were pleased that most of the off highway vehicle operators were compliant with the Regulations. Those who were not, were found to be operating their off highway vehicles without proper registration, insurance, or working vehicle equipment.
In addition to the off highway vehicle enforcement during the patrols, officers also inspected rafts floating along the Clearwater River and issued warnings for alcohol use and failure to have personal floatation devices on-board. The RCMP would like to remind public that it is illegal to consume alcohol in a public place which includes rafting down the river.
The Wood Buffalo RCMP encourage all members of our community to get out and enjoy the wonderful outdoor recreational opportunities that the area has to offer. All off highway vehicle operators and boat operators should review the applicable rules and regulations found online at the Alberta Transportation website before heading out. Additional ATV, boat and snowmobile patrols are planned for various dates and times throughout the season. We hope to see you on the trails.
For further information or to obtain an “Off-Highway Vehicles in the Urban Service Area of Fort McMurray” pamphlet please visit the RCMP Timberlea Detachment, located on 105 Paquette Drive in Fort McMurray.
Anyone wishing to report illegal off highway vehicle please call the Wood Buffalo RCMP at (780) 788-4000, or if you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers [www.crimestoppers.ab.ca] for instructions on how to do). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash reward.
Cst. Kandice Perry
Wood Buffalo RCMP
Tel: (780) 788-4237
Cell: (780) 799-0286