This discussion has been around forever and now Premier Nanny Notley and her NDP government are about to introduce new laws pertaining to our recreation as we know it today, one being the helmet law. Personally I don’t think that our government should have to be making it a law as it should just be smart thinking to wear one, and yes, even in a SXS! In my mind if you are riding without a helmet, you’re an idiot. Laws are made to protect the stupid people so I myself and as UTV Canada will fully support any proposed helmet law. I feel that anyone climbing onto an ATV or getting behind the steering wheel of any UTV should be strapping on a helmet to protect the one and only melon that you were born with. I just shake my head when I see people out on trails doubling kids or even adults on ATV’s and no one is wearing helmets. Witnessing this over the past long weekend, I thought to myself that this mother would probably insist that her kid wear the cheesy little bicycle helmet while peddling around a 25-30 Lb bicycle but would think nothing of wearing a proper helmet while riding a 600-800 pound ATV tearing down the trail at 40-50 miles per hour. That kid’s head would explode like a watermelon if that quad ever came over on them! I wanted to stop that woman and hand her a Darwin nomination and award but ran out of them that day.
Premier Nanny Notley also wants to introduce age restrictions on the operators which I think is absolute crap. My kids grew up on ATV’s and snowmobiles and my grandkids are doing the same except they have all added dirt bikes and SXS’s to the list of offroad recreational motor toys that they now have fun with. Albeit a few scrapes, bumps and bruises, they have all survived quite nicely. My kids were taught safe operating practices and the importance of the proper safety gear and they have taught their kids the same skills and practices. My 14 year old grandson Seth is as good of operator on any sled, bike, ATV or SXS and I’m more comfortable riding with him than I would be with some grown adults I see out on the trails these days. Just because you are older doesn’t mean you are smarter! I feel the younger that you get these kids out on these toys the better. It’s a lot easier to train safe operating procedures and the importance of wearing the proper riding gear when they are young and eager to learn to ride the age specific product that the manufacturers all make for young riders. Under Premier Nanny Notley new laws, we will be faced with numerous crappy options with the first one being trying to train some snot- nosed know-it-all 16 year old looking like a circus bear riding a 90cc quad or the second option, just handing the same snot-nosed, know-it-all 16 year old the keys to your 600-700-800-1000cc quad or SXS. Who would you rather train? Just because you’re older doesn’t necessarily mean you’re smarter……
Ride Safe, Ride Sober
by Reid Nehring