Snowmobile Safely During March Break



    McGuinty Government Offers Tips For Safe & Smart Riding

    TORONTO, Feb. 27 /CNW/ -

    
    NEWS

    Before heading out on the trails during March Break, snowmobile riders
should make sure their selected route is safe for riding.
    Ontario is home to 43,000 kilometres of maintained, interconnected
snowmobile trails - the most extensive network of recreational trails in the
world.
    These important tips will help make your ride safe during March Break:
    -   Always ride sober: alcohol and drugs affect judgment and increase
        your risk of fatigue and hypothermia
    -   Check local ice conditions before heading out - they can change
        rapidly
    -   Avoid travelling on unmarked frozen lakes and rivers - and always
        wear a buoyant snowmobile suit and carry ice picks to improve your
        chances of survival if you break through the ice
    -   Respect the speed limits posted on trails and roadways - the speed
        limit on trails is generally 50 kilometres per hour unless otherwise
        indicated
    -   Never ride alone - tell someone when and where you are going and what
        route you will take.

    For more safe riding tips and information, visit Ontario's Safe
Snowmobiling (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/topics/snowmobile.shtml)
web page.
    

    QUOTES

    "Snowmobiling is an exciting winter activity. Riders who will be out in
great numbers during March Break need to stay in control by avoiding high
speeds, checking ice conditions and staying sober."
    - Jim Bradley, Minister of Transportation

    "I urge all Ontarians snowmobiling this March Break to make safety their
top priority as they stay active in Ontario's great outdoors."
    - Margarett Best, Minister of Health Promotion

    
    QUICK FACT

    -   Every winter, about 30 people are killed and more than 360 are
        injured while snowmobiling in Ontario. According to the Canadian
        Institute for Health Information
        (http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/splash.html), snowmobiling is the
        number one cause of winter sport and recreation-related severe
        injuries.
    

    LEARN MORE

    Watch a snowmobile safety video
(www.news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2009/02/snowmobile-safely-during-march-break.html)

    Find out more about snowmobile riding in Ontario
(http://www.ofsc.on.ca/index.asp) such as where and when to hit the trails and
which permits and licences
(http://www.gorideontario.com/snow/snow_trailpermits.html) you need to drive a
snowmobile in Ontario.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Nicole Lippa-Gasparro, Minister's Office, (416)
327-1815; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158

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