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OPP Reminding Snowmobilers To Be Cautious On Trails And Lakes

KAWARTHA LAKES-As snowmobile season starts in the area the OPP would like to remind snowmobile operators that they need to be cautious on trails, lakes and private property.

Between January and March of 2021 the Bancroft OPP says officers investigated 10 snowmobile collisions. One collision was a fatality and the other involved riders sustaining various injuries.

Anyone choosing to operate a snowmobile are reminded to carry the required documentation, use proper safety equipment and operate their snowmobile in a safe manner.

Some tips include:

  • Carry a valid driver’s licence or motorized snow vehicle operator’s licence, proof of insurance, proof of snowmobile ownership and have a valid snowmobile trail permit affixed to your sled when on trails.
  • Come to a complete stop before entering any roadway and be cautious when crossing roads.
  • Obey speed limits and always adjust your speed to the weather and trail conditions.
  • Ride SOBER.
  • Wear an approved snowmobile helmet.
  • Wear appropriate clothing to prevent hypothermia.
  • Ensure you cellphone is fully charged.
  • Carry a small personal safety kit that includes waterproof matches, pocket knife, compass and whistle.
  • Never go out alone and always tell someone your planned destination and your expected time of return.
  • Avoid unfamiliar areas at night.
  • Regularly inspect your snowmobile to ensure it is in good mechanical condition.
  • Use caution on frozen bodies of water and remember that No Ice is Safe Ice.

 

 

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