Between February 4 and 6, the Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) snowmobile patrol unit verified 330 snowmobiles, gave 27 warnings for a variety of offences, and issued 13 tickets for offences ranging from speeding, no trail pass, unlawful muffler, and Fish and Wildlife Conservation infractions.
The OPP would like to remind snowmobilers to carry all required documentation, use proper safety equipment, and operate their snowmobile in a safe manner. Remember the proper licence, insurance, ownership, and trail permit whenever going out, always wear a helmet and proper winter gear, and never drive under the influence. Take a charged cellphone in case of a breakdown, as well as a safety kit with waterproof matches, a pocket knife, a compass, and a whistle.
Never go out alone and always tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back. Avoid unfamiliar areas at night, regularly inspect snowmobiles to ensure they are in good condition, and make sure to obey all speed and stop signs.
Above all, the OPP says, use caution when crossing frozen bodies of water and remember that No Ice is Safe Ice.