It was bound to happen. I am referring to the incident in Porter Creek where a motorized recreation vehicle hit a jogger on the trails. What I found astonishing was that no charges were laid at the time of the news story.
My question to the RCMP is: did the incident take place in an area where motorized vehicles were restricted? If the answer is yes, why weren’t charges laid?
The issue of all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and off-road vehicles having the freedom of all the trails in the Yukon is controversial, but I feel is a tragedy waiting to happen.
In Riverdale, where there are signs posted in many parts of the greenbelt declaring off-road vehicles prohibited, these machine users blatantly and sometimes aggressively ignore the signs. We do have bylaws against this illegal use of the trails, but no one seems to have any real power to stop this dangerous practice.
I have seen an e-mail by Doug Graham that is supporting the restriction of off-road vehicles from city trails and I agree with him wholeheartedly.
Am I alone?
Let’s not wait until someone is paralyzed or killed before this issue is truly solved.