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Traffic Safety Act Consultation Regarding Mandatory Helmets on Public Land for Off-Highway Vehicles

all-terrain_vehicle_quad-_new_brunswick_2008_7575The Government of Alberta has launched online surveys to hear from Albertans about rules for helmet use for off-highway vehicle riders on public land and penalties for excessive speeding. The feedback from Albertans will help inform decisions to increase safety, and decrease transportation-related injuries and deaths.  Individual Albertans are invited to respond to the survey available at http://www.alberta.ca/traffic-safety-act-consultation.aspx.

Key stakeholders such as businesses, not-for-profits, indigenous communities, municipalities, associations and clubs, that may be directly impacted by potential new rules for helmet use for off-highway vehicle riders on public land are encouraged to respond in a separate survey. Your response to the organization/stakeholder survey is valued and we thank you for taking time to share your input.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) data show that between 2009 and 2013, on average, more than 21 people were killed in Alberta as a result of OHV use each year. Medical examiner statistics show that 41 per cent of ATV deaths are a result of head injuries.

Any changes to the law will not apply to helmets worn on private land. Survey respondents will also be asked for their thoughts on additional exemptions based on age of riders and what the OHV is being used for.

To complete the survey, click here: Off-Highway Vehicle Survey.

Please submit all responses in the online group survey by September 25, 2016.

 

If you have any issues completing the survey please contact the Office of Traffic Safety at trans.officeoftraaficsafety@gov.ab.ca or by phone at 780-427-8901 (toll-free by first dialing 310-0000).

Your contribution to this process is important. Thank you for sharing your ideas and input about traffic safety in Alberta.

Office of Traffic Safety

Alberta Transportation, Government of Alberta

Alberta Toll Free 310-0000 780-427-8901

511 Alberta – Alberta’s Official Road Reports

Go to 511.alberta.ca and follow @511Alberta

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