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The new regulation will require most people, but not farmers, to wear a helmet when riding on Crown land, public roadways, and highway rights-of-way.

Farmers exempt from new off-road helmet rules

Province requiring helmets on public land because there are 
so many ATV-related injuries and fatalities

Farmers and ranchers at work will be exempt from a proposed new law requiring off-highway vehicle users to wear helmets while operating on public land in Alberta. Amendments to Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act will require recreational users of all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and other such off-highway vehicles to wear helmets on public land. But the […] Read more

ATVs seem stable, but most children and youth are not physically or developmentally ready before age 16 to ride them safely.

It’s not easy saying no, but ATVs aren’t meant for kids

Wheatland County farmer and pediatric nurse Sarah Schultz says she’s seen too many kids injured in ATV accidents

Does an idyllic childhood in the country have to involve quads? For Moose Jaw, Sask., farmer Julie-Anne Howe and other safety-minded parents, the answer is no. Of allowing her children to ride quads, “it’s just not a smart decision in my world,” Howe says. Most jurisdictions do not restrict children from operating quads or all-terrain […] Read more


Concerns about kids and quads

Follow these basic safety precautions to reduce their risk

Like bicycles, motorcycles and snowmobiles, ATVs are designed to be controlled in part by the rider’s shifting body weight, both front and back, and side to side. While ATVs may seem deceptively stable and easy to operate, most children and youth are not physically or developmentally ready before age 16 to ride them safely. And […] Read more