Be Very Careful and Cautious Because No Ice is 100 Percent Safe
ORILLIA, ON, Jan. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) remind
snowmobilers that no ice can be considered to be 100 percent safe to
ride on a snowmobile. This is especially true in early winter when ice
is newly forming, during any prolonged period of thaw or rain, and late
in the season after ice begins deteriorating from milder temperatures.
To avoid unnecessary risks, the OPP and OFSC recommend that snowmobilers
stick to available, land-based OFSC 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
If you do make the personal choice to risk 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 OPP 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 Traffic Operations
OPP Highway Safety Division
Phone: (705) 329-7660
OFSC: Jean Noordhoff
Phone: (705) 739-7669 ext. 234