Council chair hoping ATV’ers get the message

Eric McCarthy
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TIGNISH -- The chairman of the Tignish Village Council is banking on a recent public meeting in the community helping to reduce incidents of all-terrain vehicle activity in Tignish.

Allan McInnis suggested some parents might not have been aware, among other rules, that children under 14 are not permitted to ride the machines. “Hopefully the word gets out,” McInnis commented.

“Sometimes people are blind to the fact that they are doing things that probably aren’t just the right thing, thinking they are doing their kids a favour by  giving them a dirt bike oat 13 or 12 years old and  then, all of a sudden you get a wake-up call, like a little meeting like that, because somebody was at the meeting and says, ‘oh my gawd, your Tommy is driving a little bike and he’s going to get in trouble if he gets caught, and  he might not even be able to get insurance when he gets older; he might not be able to get his beginners when he gets older,’” he said in reciting some of the possible consequences.

“Hopefully, if we dream the right way, it will come true.”

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  • GET REAL
    December 10, 2013 - 12:40

    Keep Dreaming Allan! Most days there are more ATVs on our streets than cars. Public property destruction from these vehicles hasn't diminshed since our new "security cameras" have been keeping an Eye open. I'm sure an ill-attended meeting won't help matters either. How about increased surveillance from the RCMP with some significant fines or some valid attempts at monitoring this use? Their presence clearly isn't making a difference as-is.