Speeding Continues To Be Leading Cause Of Snowmobile Deaths
The OPP has released data that points to a continued disregard for the warnings associated with recurring causes and factors in snowmobile fatalities.
Police say over the past 10 years, driving too fast for the conditions has been the leading cause of OPP-investigated snowmobile deaths. Alcohol/drugs were a factor in almost half of the fatalities. Forty per cent of the deaths occurred on frozen waterways - a grim reminder that traveling on frozen lakes and rivers is consistently unsafe year after year.
With Snowmobile Safety Week kicking off this weekend, the OPP, the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) and other valued public safety partners are reminding snowmobilers that making the riding season safe and enjoyable comes down to common sense and smart decisions.
Ryan Eickmeier, OFSC Chief Executive Officer says "We want riders to have a safe and enjoyable experience on the trails this winter but also remind riders to ride within their limits, operate with care and control, and to always check the Interactive Trail Guide for up to date trail availability information".