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ATVs and Off Road Vehicles

The Ontario Off Road Vehicles Act regulates all terrain vehicles. Under the Act, an ATV is defined as an off road vehicle that has the following characteristics:

  • Four wheels and all tires in contact with the ground
  • Steering handlebars
  • A seat designed to be straddled by the driver
  • Designed to carry a driver only (no passengers)
  • Headlights and taillights that remain on at all times
  • Low pressure bearing tires
  • An operating brake light
  • Displays the required licence plate permit and is insured
  • Dirt bikes, golf carts, go karts, dune buggies and utility vehicles such as “Mules” “Gators” and “Bobcats” do not fit this description
  • The Town of Innisfil allows ATVs on its roadways under by-law. The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, and the County of Simcoe, do not allow ATVs on their roads. ATVs may be permitted on trails, if indicated by the signage at the entrance to the trail. ATVs are never allowed in parks. All drivers must possess a valid G2 or higher class of drivers licence. Insurance and registration are mandatory on a highway and must be surrendered for inspection on the demand of a police officer.
  • Further, to ride an ATV on a Town of Innisfil road, the driver must wear a helmet, have headlamps on, and cannot ride between 11:00p.m. and 6:00 a.m. The ATV must travel on the shoulder of the road in the same direction as the traffic on their side of the highway, and must travel 20 km/h where the speed limit is 50 km/h or less, or 50 km/h if the speed limit is higher than 50km/h.
  • Remember, road safety begins with you. Drive safely, and share the road.

Headlights On For Safety!

Headlights enable you to see the roadway in front of your vehicle when visibility is poor, as well as making your vehicle visible to others. Your vehicle's headlights must shine a white light that can be seen at least 150 metres in front and is strong enough to light up objects 110 metres away. Headlights are equipped with the option to use a high beam to enhance vision further down the roadway and the use of a low beam when you are near other vehicles to minimize the glare of your headlights onto others. When you use high beam headlights, remember to switch to low beams when approaching an oncoming vehicle. Use your low beams when you are behind another vehicle unless you are passing it. These rules apply to all roads, including divided ones.

Turning your headlights on activates other required lights, such as your parking lights, tail lights, and rear licence plate light. Daytime running lights are specifically designed to make your vehicle more visible during times of good light conditions, and are automatically activated when your vehicle is in operation and your headlight switch is turned to off.


When driving your vehicle, full headlights are required to be turned on between one-half hour before sunset and one-half hour after sunrise, and any other time of poor light conditions such as fog, snow or rain, which keeps you from clearly seeing people or vehicles. Don't drive with only one headlight or with lights that are not aimed properly. Have your full lighting system checked regularly, kept clean, and replace burned-out bulbs as soon as possible.

Internet Safety

Teach your children about Internet Safety and always follow these safety tips: 

  • issurfChildren should never give anyone their name, address, telephone number, computer password, or any other personal information on the Internet without parental or guardian consent
  • Children should stay out of all chat rooms and websites that are not first approved by their parent or guardian
  • The computer should be in a central place in your home where you can supervise their online activities
  • Don’t allow a webcam in a child’s bedroom
  • Watch for children quickly minimizing sites they are on when you enter the room
  • Talk to your children about Internet safety
  • As a parent, please feel free to utilize the attached contract to assist in regulating your child's internet surfing  (click here to read)
  • Remember danger could be just a keystroke away.

Vacation Tips for Your Home

Some safety tips to help prevent problems at home when you leave for an extended period of time:


While You Are Away:

  • Put lights on timers to give the impression someone is home
  • Tell a trusted neighbour your vacation plans and provide emergency contact numbers
  • Do not leave notes or messages on doors or your answering machine that would indicate you are away
  • Ask a neighbour to park in your driveway
  • Keep small valuables in a safe deposit box
  • Remember to suspend newspaper delivery
  • Have someone mow your lawn/shovel your driveway if necessary
  • Keep a record of your valuables. Identify your property by engraving an identifying mark, such as your driver's licence number, on the property. Proper identification may deter thieves and makes it easier for the police to return personal property if recovered. Keep your insurance policies current
  • Always think of your personal safety. Upon returning home, scan the front of your home
  • Use high beams upon entering the garage and have a good look around before you leave the safety of your car

Vacation Checklist:

  • You have stopped all deliveries
  • Mail is being held or picked up by a trusted neighbour
  • You have arranged to have someone take care of your yard/shovel your driveway
  • You have timers on interior and exterior lights
  • You have let a trusted neighbour know you’re going away, when you will return and left a contact number in case of emergency
  • Shades and blinds are at their normal positions

Mystery Shopper Scam

The South Simcoe Police would like to warn the public to be aware of the "mystery shopper" scam that is victimizing Canadian consumers. The scam works as follows: The victim answers an enticing ad, usually on line to become a mystery shopper. The " employer " sends a letter, with mystery shopping tasks to be completed at a local big box type store and a cheque to help the victim fulfill his/her mystery shopping tasks. The victim will likely cash the cheque he/she was given first. One of the tasks will be to use a money transfer company and wire a large portion of the money to a name provided, in order to test the company's procedure and customer service skills. The victim will find out later that the cheque is counterfeit, thus making the victim accountable to pay for the funds he/she wired.

In a recent occurrence, the victim, who had answered an on line ad to be a mystery shopper, was sent a cheque from a company in Vancouver for $3,300.00. She was advised to perform two surveys at big box stores, cash the cheque, keep $600.00 for herself, and wire the rest of the money using wire transfer service to a male in Dubai. In this case, the cheque was determined to be counterfeit and investigation revealed an innocent company in Vancouver was the victim of company cheques that were copied.

Please remember:

  •    If it is to good to be true, it likely is;
  •    Be aware of any transaction where you are asked to send money using a wire transfer service;
  •    Be very suspicious of any over payment by cheque where you are asked to send the balance of the money back;
  •    Be very suspicious if you are asked to wire money out of the country;
  •    Be very suspicious if you are asked to send money to a third party who was not involved in the original transaction;
  •    Check phone number area codes for geographic location to see if they match the location where the caller says he/she is calling from.

Prepared by: Staff Sergeant Van Dyke - Criminal Investigation Branch

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