Having Fun on the Snow Starts with Smart Choices
ORILLIA, ON, Jan. 4 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the
Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) are reminding
snowmobilers that to have fun and peace of mind while sledding this
winter, riders must be compliant with the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act.
Many of the rules governing motor vehicle drivers apply to snowmobile
operators. Examples include those that apply to speeding, failing to
stop at a road crossing and driving with blood/alcohol levels exceeding
the legal limit. Failure to comply with the law carries penalties
including fines, loss of driver's licence, criminal charges and/or
"A rider whose Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) is between 0.05 and 0.08 ("Warn
Range"), can be issued the same 3-day warning that suspends a driver's
licence on the road," said OPP Sergeant Michael Price, Off Road Safety
Program Coordinator of the OPP Highway Safety Division. "In this case,
the offending snowmobiler can no longer drive his/her sled to complete
their ride." More serious alcohol offences will result in licence
suspensions that will prematurely finish a rider's snowmobiling season.
Consequences also get tougher for repeat occurrences, and riders are
reminded that the new Ontario Zero Tolerance law for driver's 21 and
under also applies to snowmobiles.
To help Ontario snowmobilers make smart choices, the OPP and the OFSC
are providing the following checklist. Compliant snowmobile operators
must always have on their person or sled:
Valid driver's licence (or if under age 16, a Snow Vehicle
Proof of snowmobile ownership
Sled registration (including properly placed registration numbers
and validation sticker on sled)
Proof of sled insurance (pink slip)
Approved snowmobile helmet (for each rider)
2011 Snowmobile Trail Permit (properly displayed on the sled) with
The OFSC and OPP also advise snowmobilers to get trained. The OFSC
offers two courses approved by the Ministry of Transportation of
Ontario (MTO): OFSC Driver Training is a 6-hour classroom style course for snowmobilers aged 12 years and
older. The Right Way is an interactive version of Driver Training for adults. Information
about both courses is available at www.ofsc.on.ca.
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:
Contact: OPP Sgt. Michael Price, Coordinator, Off-Road Safety Program
Provincial Support Unit
Highway Safety Division
Phone: (705) 329-6127
OFSC: Leta Elsner
Phone: (705) 739-7669