Here are some safety tips from the O.P.P :
Snowmobilers must, at all times, while operating a motorized snow vehicle, comply with the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act.
Many of the same 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 imprisonment.
An operator of a motorized snow vehicle, whose Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) is between 0.05 and 0.08 (“Warn Range”), can be issued the same 3-day, 7-day & 30-day warning that suspends a driver’s licence on a public road or private property (or a lake). 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 operators of motorized snow vehicles, are reminded that the new Ontario Zero Tolerance law for driver’s 21 and under (and Novice Drivers) also applies to those operating snowmobiles (motorized snow vehicles).
Snowmobilers riding a snowmobile who want to comply with the law (Motorized Snow Vehicles Act) must always have on their person or sled:
- Valid driver’s licence (or if under age 16, a Snow Vehicle Operator’s Licence)
- 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) and the chin strapa> of the helmet must be securely fastened under the chin(this helmet rules does not apply to a person driving a motorized snow vehicle on land occupied by the owner of the vehicle – see exemption)
- 2011 Snowmobile Trail Permit (properly displayed on the sled) with permit receipt.
Update: December 29, 2010 – Snowmobiler killed in B.C. avalanche
Update: January 14, 2011 – Man struck by snowmobile in Winnipeg dies
Update: January 15, 2011 – Snowmobiles unwelcome in Winnipeg: councillor
Update: January 17, 2011 – Snowmobile accident claims 2 GTA men
Update: January 22, 2011 – Two men found dead in Quebec after separate snowmobile, ATV accidents
Update: February 13, 2011 – Close call for Newfoundland Snowmobilers