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OPP warns ATV riders to stay safe, as fatal collisions increase

There has been an 18 per cent increase in fatal off-road vehicle collisions this year, in Ontario.

With the fall riding season in full swing, the Ontario Provincial Police is reminding all off-roaders to stay safe.

The OPP has responded to 20 fatal off-road collisions, compared to 17 at this time last year.

Investigations have determined that 12 of those incidents involved riders not wearing helmets, while at least eight deaths involves alcohol and/or drugs.

More than half of drivers and passengers who have died in off-road vehicle collisions since 2009 were not wearing a helmet.

"Whether you are hunting by off-road vehicle this fall or simply out for a ride, make every ride a safe one for you and your passengers." explained Rose DiMarco, the Deputy Commissioner for Traffic Safety and Operational Support in the OPP.

Police also say that safety is not just about drivers but also about passengers and others out enjoying the sport.