By Const. Jackie Tessel
Breton/Thorsby RCMP Detachment
In Alberta, an off-highway vehicle driver cannot ride on any portion of a highway, which includes the roadway and the ditches along the roadway. Exceptions are when crossing a road and with permission for highway right of way (including ditches). In these cases, an operator’s licence is required.
Also, under the Traffic Safety Act, children younger than 14 years of age must be supervised by an adult when operating an off-highway vehicle on public land. Furthermore, off-highway vehicle drivers can be charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with impaired driving or for having a breath or blood sample over 0.08 mg or refusing a demand.
Const. Diewold advises the community to take care when operating an off-highway vehicles and follow the rules to ensure a safe and enjoyable adventure.