Show ATVs lots of respect

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There was another fatal ATV accident over the weekend. This one took place near Ferryland and a man died of head injuries from the incident.

These events are happening all too often in this province and there seems to be no way of reducing the toll.

In may rural communities, these machines have replaced cars and trucks as a means of transportation.

Many in those communities think nothing of jumping on their ATV and dashing down to the corner store or even riding it to and from the local watering hole.

People in small communities know there is little or no chance that they will be stopped by a police officer and ticketed for their illegal activities.

The bigger versions of these “off-road” machines may look like a car, but they aren’t and they shouldn’t be used that way.

Over the years they have become bigger and more powerful and that is leading to some of the trouble.

These ATVs can travel at high speeds and should be used with the respect they deserve.

They are not built to be used on paved surfaces, among other traffic and by youngsters not big and strong enough to control them.

If there isn’t an attitude change soon, the carnage will continue.

Geographic location: Ferryland

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