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Recreational Safety Tips

SNOWMOBILE SAFETY TIPS AND RULES

Safety tips first:
  • Be sure your snowmobile is in top-notch mechanical condition at the beginning of the winter season and throughout the months of use.
  • Use a full size helmet, goggles or visor to prevent injuries from twigs, stones, ice chips and flying debris.
  • Avoid wearing long scarves, which could get caught in moving parts of the snowmobile.
  • Know the weather forecast and especially the ICE CONDITIONS in your area.
  • Drowning is one of the major causes of snowmobile fatalities. When not familiar with the thickness of the ice or water currents, avoid these areas.
  • Adults and especially kids - - - It is always best to use the buddy system. Never ride off alone or unaccompanied.
  • Now lets review a few laws:
    • You shall not operate on public waters within 100 feet of a person or within a 100 feet of an ice shanty unless operated at a speed of 10 mph or less.
    • You shall not operate between the hours of 10:30pm and 7:00am within 150 feet of a dwelling at a rate of speed exceeding 10 mph.
    • You shall not operate on private property of another without the consent of the owner or lessee.
    • Age requirements:
      · No person under the age of 12 years may operate a snowmobile unless accompanied (on the same snowmobile) by an adult.
      · 12 through 15 – operation only if holding a valid snowmobile safety certificate or accompanied by an adult.
      · 16 and older – may operate by themselves.

      REMEMBER: PLEASE STAY ON MARKED TRAILS AND STAY OFF OF TRAILS WHEN CLOSED. ALWAYS DRIVE SOBER AND SAFE.
ATV SAFETY TIPS AND RULES
  • Law Change – The legislature recently passed a new law that requires safety education training (certification) for all riders (residents and non-residents) who are at least 12 years old and who were born on or after January 1,1998. Safety Certifications issued from another state will be accepted.

    Rules for operating ATV
    • Alcohol and Drugs
    • Helmet Requirements
      Public Use (for riding in areas open to the public)
      You are required to wear a helmet under age 18 except when traveling for the purpose of hunting or fishing.
      * Almost all victims involved in a fatal ATV crash did not wear a helmet. Save your own life and wear your helmet at all times while riding your ATV.
      • Under most circumstances you cannot operate an ATV on any highway or roadway.
      • Do not assume that you can ride next to the roads (ditch lines). This general allowance does not exist for ATV operation.
      • Operating an ATV on the roadway is highly restricted and in most cases unlawful. There are few exceptions that will allow a person to operate in the highway area.
      • Riding on the roads illegally is the most common violation. Stick to the trails or designated ATV routes.
      • If you are under the age of 12, you cannot operate any ATV on a roadway or route under any circumstance.
      • It is illegal to operate an ATV under the influence of Alcohol or other drugs while on any property that is held open to the public.
      • Due to recent legislation, OWI penalties and illegal drug use while riding penalties increased dramatically. In some cases OWI fines and imprisonment terms have quadrupled.
      • Try to avoid alcohol all together while riding.
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