Residents are happy with the OHV pilot project; most people follow the laws and safe practices. However, the City has zero tolerance for illegal use and enforcement action will be taken if required.
The following is a release from Chestermere Municipal Enforcement:
On December 31, 2022, at approximately 0140hrs, Chestermere Peace Officers and RCMP responded to multiple residential noise complaints regarding several Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs) being operated on the lake surface. The City of Chestermere Municipal Bylaw prohibits OHV operation in the City outside of the hours of 0800-2200 each day.
At approximately 0145hrs, Chestermere Peace Officers and RCMP members observed several OHVs operating on the lake surface. Officers patrolled the lake surface and attempted to stop multiple Off-Highway Vehicles to provide education and request that all operators go home for the night.
Two Off-Highway Vehicles stopped and when officers attempted to speak with the drivers, one OHV proceeded to flee the scene. Police followed the driver back to a nearby residence. A male from Chestermere was subsequently arrested and now faces several charges, including numerous Traffic Safety Act, Impaired Driving (provincial sanctions), and Criminal Flight from police. The driver’s license is facing suspension and the OHV was seized for 30 days.
This event had the potential to result in significant and unintended consequences, and demonstrates that the operation of any motorized vehicle, even an OHV, under the influence of alcohol, is still “Impaired Driving”.
This incident highlights Chestermere’s Peace Officers and Chestermere RCMP’s commitment to the public, and their continual vigilance to ensure Chestermere remains a safe and desirable city to live, work in, and raise a family.
For more information, contact:
Sgt. Trever BOWMAN #14668
Community Peace Officer