In the wake of the recent death of a nine year old from an ATV incident, OPP are asking people to stay safe.

Nine off-road vehicle deaths have happened so far this year and OPP say that’s the highest number this early in the season in five years. This time last year, there was only one OPP reported off-road vehicle death.

OPP report that alcohol was a factor in five of the incidents, speeding was a factor in three and five of the people who died weren’t wearing helmets.

Chief Superintendent Chuck Cox says the spike in fatalities is a harsh reminder that unsafe off-roading costs lives.

OPP is urging riders to wear a helmet every time, keep your speed under control and never include drugs or alcohol.