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Your input regarding helmet use on public lands

20 Sep 2016 1:15 PM | Dean Bradko (Administrator)

The Alberta Off Highway Vehicle Association is encouraging organizations and individual OHV users to fill out a short survey regarding opinions of mandatory helmet use.

The survey will be active until Sept 25, 2016 and is available for both individuals and organization here: Take the Survey

Traffic Safety Act consultation

Share your thoughts about helmet use for Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs) on public land and penalties for drivers traveling at excessive speeds on Alberta roads.

We’re consulting with Albertans to understand attitudes and opinions towards Off-Highway Vehicle helmet use on public land and towards excessive speeding penalties. This is being done to improve safety on Alberta’s roadways.

Helmets for Off-Highway Vehicles

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.

Survey participants will be asked to respond to questions about OHV helmet use on public land.

Off-Highway Vehicle Collisions (0.3 MB)

Excessive Speed

Alberta Transportation statistics show that, on average, there are 1,165 convictions for speeding more than 50 km/h over the limit in the province each year. Drivers traveling at this speed are subject to a mandatory court appearance where a judge can impose penalties such as a fine or license suspension.

Participants will help determine if more severe penalties for excessive speed are needed and what penalties are appropriate.

Collisions Involving Unsafe Speed (0.02 MB)

How input will be used

The Government of Alberta is considering amendments to the Traffic Safety Act (0.7 MB), which will be based on the responses gathered from this survey.  Legislation is expected to follow in the Fall 2016 session.

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