Common Sense Riding and Smart Choices Important says OPP & OFSC
ORILLIA, ON, Jan. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - With Provincial Snowmobile Safety
Week getting underway next week (January 15-21, 2012), the Ontario
Provincial Police (OPP) and Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs
(OFSC) are reminding snowmobilers that arriving home safely after every
ride means making smart choices when it comes to their riding
The province-wide campaign is an excellent opportunity for riders to
tune up their sledding habits with a greater focus on the well-being of
other snowmobilers as well as their own personal safety.
Like other motorized recreational activities, snowmobiling poses certain
inherent risks: it occurs off-road in an unpredictable setting. Each
rider has a responsibility to expect the unexpected, obey the laws and
use common sense. Most snowmobiling-related incidents are preventable
by making these smart choices:
Don't ride while impaired by alcohol or drugs: If a rider is caught snowmobiling in the "warn range" of .05 to .08,
they are subject to having their driver's licence immediately
suspended, effectively ending their ride on the spot. If convicted of
driving a snowmobile while impaired, a rider could lose all driving
privileges (car, truck, motorcycle, off-road vehicles and snowmobiles).
Stay on the Trail: The OFSC provides designated trails that are marked, mapped, maintained
and patrolled for the safety and enjoyment of all snowmobilers. By
avoiding closed trails and not riding off-trail on roads, lakes,
unfamiliar terrain and private property, riders can greatly reduce
their risk of tragedy.
Take It Easy: Take it easy during every ride, always obey the law and always stay to
the right of the trail. Riders should snowmobile with care and control,
within their own ability and according to current trail and weather
Know Before You Go: No ice travel is completely safe. Hypothermia or drowning from riding
into open water or falling through the ice are serious risks, as are
collisions with fixed objects such as docks, ice huts or shorelines.
See and Be Seen: Good judgment, depth perception and quick reaction time depend on being able to see properly at all times. Slow down and keep
right in reduced visibility situations like snow dust, sun glare, heavy
falling snow, or when visor or glasses are fogged, and always wear
bright colours and reflective materials so others can see you more
Slow Down at Night: Darkness reduces visibility and alters perceptions, so riders must ride
even more cautiously at night and never outrun their sled headlights.
Be Prepared: Snowmobiling can take you far away from emergency assistance, so each
rider must be prepared for self-help by carrying a tool kit, spare
parts, flashlight, first-aid kit and survival items such as high-energy
food, fire-starting equipment and a compass.
Ride with Companions: Never snowmobile alone. Riding buddies can provide immediate assistance
for breakdowns, getting stuck or emergency situations.
The OPP is committed to saving lives on Ontario's highways, trails and
waterways through the reduction of preventable injury and death.
Initiatives are developed and delivered through the Provincial Traffic
Safety Program. Visit opp.ca for more information.
The OFSC is committed to proactive leadership in promoting safe,
responsible riding, on and off Ontario snowmobile trails, by building
safer snowmobiling knowledge, attitudes and behaviours through rider
education, safety legislation development and enforcement. For more
information, visit ofsc.on.ca.
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
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| Contact: || OPP Sgt Larry Butterfield # 6295 |
| || Central Region SAVE Team |
| || OPP Highway Safety Division |
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| Phone: || (705) 238-8524 |
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| OFSC: || Leta Elsner |
| Phone: || (705) 739-7669 |