- Snowmobile Safety.
If you’re interested in helping out, see our Neighbourhood Watch Page.
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Subject: Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for January 22, 2022
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2022 14:26:03 -0500
From: Darren Joseph <email@example.com>
The Ottawa Police Service reminds enthusiastic snowmobilers of the importance of making smart choices, like riding sober, avoiding lakes and rivers and using established snowmobile trails. Keep in mind that no ice is safe ice.
“Every year there are avoidable injuries and impaired driving charges relating to snowmobiling,” said Marine, Dive and Trails Sergeant Walt Lushman. “Think safety first, so you can have an all-around fun experience. This includes obeying speed limits, staying on the trails and carrying your insurance documents and trail permit at all times.”
Plan your trip ahead and check available trails in the Ottawa area per the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) interactive snowmobile trail guides available at: https://www.ofsc.on.ca/trail-maps/
Here are some quick tips before you head out:
- Inform others of your destination and estimated arrival time;
- Check your headlights, taillights and brake lights to ensure they are in working order;
- Wear suitable clothing to prevent hypothermia – remember that children are particularly susceptible to the cold;
- Don’t forget your helmet;
- Carry first aid and survival kits;
- Carry a fully charged cell phone and GPS if available;
- Have all permits/documents on hand;
- Plan your route and make sure you have ample fuel for your planned route and extra;
- Always be prepared to stop, especially for wildlife, which moves along trails at night;
- Stay on prescribed trails whenever practical, and ride on the right side;
- Exercise extra caution when crossing roadways and railway tracks; and
- Never ride alone.
Further snowmobile and ice safety tips are available online.