With spring in the air and summer looming, Kings District RCMP utilized all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) as a tool to conduct patrols during the Victoria Day weekend.
Local RCMP members partnered with Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources to conduct and enforce provincial and federal laws and regulations.
The patrols took place in the Kings County communities of Kingston, Auburn, Aylesford, Lake Paul, Harmony, East Dalhousie, Cloud Lake, Tremont and Greenwood. The former train bed, now known as the Harvest Moon Trail, was also patrolled extensively spanning from Wilmot to Waterville.
Patrolling these areas created more than 80 ATV contacts with police and Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources enforcement officers. The enforcement officers utilized the Off-Highway Vehicle Act, Liquor Control Act, Cannabis Act and Criminal Code of Canada issuing tickets and warnings for no registration, no insurance, expired plate, operating an ATV on the roadway, operating an ATV without a permit, operating an ATV without training, operating an ATV without a helmet, illegal possession of liquor and illegal possession of cannabis. Police and enforcement officers issued two roadside suspensions.
Police are also investigating federal Criminal Code charges of flight from police and impaired by drug as a result of their patrols. In total, three vehicles were towed on site from various areas of Kings County.
Kings District RCMP encourage ATV enthusiasts to operate in a safe, legal manner that provides for a safe and fun environment for all Kings County residents who use the areas trail systems.
If you witness an Off-Highway Vehicle Act violation, please contact Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resource reporting line at 1-800-565-2224 or your local RCMP detachment. If the situation requires an emergency response, dial 911.