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OPP offer tips for snowmobile safety

LONDON - In light of a recent fatal snowmobile collision and an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) crash that seriously injured another person the OPP is issuing a warning to would-be enthusiasts, taking advantage of the increased snow accumulations, to use extreme caution.

Police state owners and operators of snowmobiles and ATVs need to understand that these vehicles are very powerful, capable of reaching high speeds and are extremely dangerous in the hands of an inexperienced, careless, or impaired operator.

“Every year countless numbers of riders are injured or killed because of a preventable bad driving behavior,” police state in a Jan. 3 press release.  

Safety tips

In the release, police include the following safety tips:

- know your vehicle and its capabilities;

- know your own abilities to handle the vehicle;

- never drive impaired;

- never drive carelessly;

- never allow children to operate these vehicles without adult supervision;

- always wear a helmet; and

- take a riding course to become better acquainted with the vehicle.

“Driving a snowmobile or ATV can be a great deal of fun but in the wrong hands can become a lethal weapon capable seriously injuring or killing someone. Ride responsibly, know the rules, know the terrain and never operate while under the influence of alcohol or drugs,”  states OPP traffic and marine Inspector S. Bertram.

January 12, 2018

 
 

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