ORILLIA, ON, Dec. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) are reminding
snowmobilers that no ice can be considered 100 per cent safe to ride on
with a snowmobile. This is especially true this winter when ice is
forming earlier than usual in many areas and may look safe, but is not
yet thick or strong enough. This ice warning also applies during any
prolonged period of thaw or rain, and late in the season after ice
begins to deteriorate from milder temperatures.
To avoid unnecessary risks, the OPP and OFSC recommend that snowmobilers
stick to available, land-based, OFSC Prescribed Trails whenever
possible. OFSC clubs provide many trails that avoid water crossings
altogether and also provide many bridges and culverts to pass over
known water crossings safely.
If you do make the personal choice to take the risk of travelling on ice
by snowmobile, wait until a marked stake line is in place and cross
only when you can follow it directly from shore to shore, without
stopping on the ice. While ice crossing is never a sure thing,
snowmobilers can also reduce their risk by:
Checking ice thickness and quality before riding onto any frozen water.
Understanding that ice conditions may vary from day to day, from hour to
hour and from place to place.
Never travelling on ice alone, at night or while impaired.
Avoiding slushy ice, untracked ice, or ice near moving water or dock
Watching out for obstacles like rocks, stumps, docks, ice roads and
Wearing a buoyant snowmobile suit and carrying ice picks.
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:
OPP Sgt. Lise Grenier, Specialized Patrol Coordinator
Provincial Support Unit
OPP Highway Safety Division
Phone: (705) 329-7660
OFSC: Jean Noordhoff
Phone: (705) 739-7669 ext. 234