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Enforcement on Millennium Trail results in charges

Several charges were laid Sunday by police patrolling the Millennium Trail.

Officers with the Snow Vehicle/All-Terrain Vehicle /Vessel Enforcement/Education (S.A.V.E) Team of the Ontario Provincial Police came to Prince Edward County to check for violators.

The trail is a former railway bed that has been transformed into a multi-purpose trail and is 46 kilometres across Prince Edward County from Carrying Place through Consecon, Wellington and Bloomfield to Picton with various access points.

Officers travelled throughout Sunday from Picton to Carrying Place and encountered more than 100 trail users on foot, bicycles, ATVs, UTVs and dirt bikes.

Karen German, Community Safety Officer said enforcement action was conducted with the following charges being laid:

Off Road Vehicle Act (ORVA)
Fail to surrender evidence of insurance- 15(3) ORVA
Fail to apply for permit upon becoming owner – 8(2) ORVA
Fail to securely fasten chin strap – 9(1) ORVA

Trespass to Property Act (TPA)
Engage in prohibited activity on premises – 2(1)(a)(i) TPA – four charges.

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  1. Jim says:

    I am sure if a bike came up on you and blew a horn you would complain about that too

  2. Theresa Lennon says:

    Ontario Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8

    Alarm bell to be sounded
    75(5) Every motor vehicle, motor assisted bicycle and bicycle shall be equipped with an alarm bell, gong or horn, which shall be kept in good working order and sounded whenever it is reasonably necessary to notify pedestrians or others of its approach.

    Set Fine $85.00 + court costs $5.00 + Victim Fine Surcharge $20.00 = $110.00

  3. Dave Nixon
    Dave I have searched the Provincial governments information for riding a bicycle, but, could not find anything on your information regarding the requirements of a bell. Where did you find that information? “A bike must have a bell or horn in good working order. Fine: $110.00”

  4. Dave Nixon says:

    My dog and I walk a short stretch of the trail on a daily basis weather permitting. Fines under the Highway Traffic Act related to bicycles: A bike must have a bell or horn in good working order. Fine: $110.00. I’ve lost track of the number of times a bicyclist has snuck up behind, and startled, me. I can’t remember the last time a heard a bicycle horn/bell. Dirt bikes and 4-wheelers use the trail for a drag strip. Pedestrians are rare. I’ve never seen any enforcement on the trail. Occasionally I’ll see an OPP cruiser out for a leisurely drive on CR33. I’ve lived here for 10 years. I could count the number of times I’ve seen them stop a vehicle on the fingers of one hand.

  5. Snowman says:

    Those of us who live near this trail will not be surprised.
    An OPP cruiser could sit at any road intersection on any day with radar and ticket virtually every motorized vehicle for speeding and most for documents/insurance violations.

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