Ontario Provincial Police Encourages Snowmobiler Safety

snowmobile safetyOntario Provincial Police is reminding residents that following snowmobile laws and being properly trained on how to handle the vehicles is important for maintaining safety this winter. Snowmobiling can be very dangerous and can result in serious accidents just like any other motorized vehicle.

There are a number of laws and regulations for snowmobiles similar to those for other motor vehicles. Similar to a car or motorcycle, a snowmobile driver must come to a complete stop at road crossings, must stop for police on the trails, should not speed and cannot drive while under the influence of alcohol.

Every snowmobile driver in Ontario must be a minimum of 12-years-old, must register his or her snowmobile with the state and have proof of insurance.

A driver must have a motorized snow vehicle operators license (MSVOL) or valid drivers license on them at all times while operating a sled. Those under the age of 12 or who do not have a valid drivers license of MSVOL are restricted to riding on private property only.

Those who are 12 and older with a valid MSVOL or another jurisdictions license, can ride on snowmobile trails. And those older than 16 with the proper licenses can ride on trails, across permitted roads and on roadways where allowed.

Drivers, however, cannot ride on high-speed roadways like Ottawa Queensway, on public roads or on the shoulder of the road. They can ride on their own property and on private trails with permission from owners.

It is breaking the law to operate a snowmobile while impaired by drugs or alcohol. If convicted, drivers could lose their driving rights for all vehicles, including motorcycles, trucks, cars and commercial vehicles.

Finally, both drivers and riders must wear a helmet at all times.

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