Anyone who has been using a snowmobile to get around High River during all this snow -  you need to stop.

The Town is reminding residents and visitors that off-highway vehicles and snowmobiles are not permitted to be operated on town roads, parks or pathways according to the Town’s Traffic Bylaw.

There are serious concerns that snowmobiles are being driven on roads and along the berms within High River.

Lisa Reinders, director of community services, says residents have called in and the Town has two concerns about the issue.

"The first concern is for safety for our citizens," said Reinders. "And them walking on the pathways and berms."

The second concern is the damage that could be caused to the berms.

"We have put a great investment into the berms for the flood mitigation projects and we do want to protect our investment."

The Province and the Town have invested $200 million in building these berms and other flood mitigation projects to protect High River.

The Traffic Bylaw 4310/2011 states:

No person shall operate an Off-Highway Vehicle as defined in Part 6 of the Traffic Safety Act, R.S.A. 2000 Chapter T-6 as amended, on any portion of a highway, sidewalk or boulevard within the Town of High River.

No person shall operate any off-highway vehicle within the areas designated as parks or urban reserve within the Town.

A person shall not do any of the following:

(a) Drive an off-highway vehicle on any property, whether publicly or privately owned, that the public is ordinarily entitled or permitted to use, in a manner that constitutes driving carelessly;

(b) Permit another person to drive an off-highway vehicle in contravention of this Bylaw.

 Anyone in violation of this Bylaw is subject to fines under the Town’s Rate Bylaw.


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