With summer just around the corner, Sunshine Coast RCMP are reminding users of forest service roads (FSR) to use extra caution and to share the roads with users of all types.
The Sunshine Coast has an extensive network of FSR that connect people with all the fantastic wilderness areas the region has to offer. Used by hikers, cyclists, ATVs, 4x4 enthusiasts and others, these roads can become dangerous when people are driving too fast for conditions.
“We want people to enjoy the wilderness and use the forest service roads but to be aware of the safety of others and themselves,” said Const. Harrison Mohr. “There have been some serious collisions on local forest service roads, which could have been prevented if people slowed down and drove with caution.”
Although a FSR may seem deserted, a hiker or cyclist may unexpectedly come around a corner or out of a trail at any time. Vehicles handle differently on gravel roads and don’t stop or turn as well, especially when travelling too fast.
RCMP are offering the following reminders when travelling on FSR:
• Although there is no centre-line, vehicles are required to keep to the right side of the road.
• Slow down when approaching blind corners.
• All motor vehicles, including dirt bikes and ATVs, require liability insurance, and must carry proof of such at all times.
• Be aware of logging trucks, and give them plenty of room to pass.
• Impaired driving is illegal on FSR, and drivers can receive tickets for other driving offences, such as driving too fast for conditions.
• Cell coverage can be sparse in areas. Ensure someone knows where you’re going and when you expect to return.
“Head out and have fun this summer, but be smart about it,” added Mohr.
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