Justice and Public Safety
October 2, 2018

Public Advisory: Child Death Review Committee Case Review

Under section 13.5 of the Fatalities Investigations Act, the Minister of Justice and Public Safety is required, within 60 days after receiving a report from the Child Death Review Committee (CDRC), to make public those recommendations relating to:

  • Relevant protocols, policies and procedures;
  • Standards and legislation;
  • Linkages and coordination of services; and
  • Improvements to services affecting children and pregnant women.

The CDRC forwarded a report to the Minister of Justice and Public Safety on August 7, 2018. The report examines the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of a youth as the result of an all-terrain vehicle accident in Newfoundland and Labrador. This report resulted in the following recommendations:

  • That a review of the current Motorized Snow Vehicles and All-Terrain Vehicles Act and Regulations is completed and serious consideration is given to increased fines for a first offence as well as a significant increase to secondary and subsequent breaches;
  • That the act and regulations clearly articulate the onus of the owner to abide by the stipulated age of operation and accompaniment rules as outlined in the act and regulations and their liability;
  • That the act and regulations be reviewed to include the operation of side-by-side all-terrain vehicles; and
  • That safe riding practice continue to be reinforced by media and public service announcements.

This report has been forwarded to the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate.

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Media contact
Lesley Clarke
Justice and Public Safety
709-729-6985, 699-2910
LesleyClarke@gov.nl.ca

2018 10 02                              4:00 p.m.