Resource roads are not safe for family fun with ATV’s

Location: 
3000 Road, near Quesnel, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2011-08-10
Company Name: 
Interior Silvi-Services Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A low-bed was pulled over to the side of the road, waiting for a following hiab truck to arrive. An ATV passed by, travelling towards the oncoming hiab. The ATV, which was being driven by a child about 10-12 years old, was moving at a high rate of speed and was about a half-mile ahead of the family pickup with camper on and boat in tow.

Before the low-bed operator could even radio a warning, the hiab driver met the ATV coming at him on his side of the road. The driver of the hiab was able to take evasive action and avoid colliding with the recreational vehicle. Unfortunately the camper truck passed by before its licence plate could be recorded.

This information is being shared to raise awareness among drivers on resource roads that recreational traffic levels are increasing as fishermen, campers and hunters visit remote areas. Many operate ATV’s and drivers of industrial equipment should anticipate an encounter with these smaller, unlicensed vehicles.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Drive according to road conditions

• Do not rely on radio communication to avoid oncoming traffic

• Always assume there is traffic approaching from the opposite direction

• Use extreme caution along narrow sections of road and on curves where visibility is restricted

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Interior Silvi-Services Ltd., Quesnel 250-992-8618

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