It's been a busy time for our snowmobile patrol officers as the favourable weather conditions have brought hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts to local trails and parks.
Our specially-trained snowmobile patrol officers work closely with citizen volunteers from the Snowmobile Trail Officers Program S.T.O.P. program to target specific areas for law enforcement purposes. This past weekend, we stopped 80 snowmobiles on trails across northern Durham Region and in Clarington. We check for impairment and to ensure the machines are being operated and maintained safely. We issued 30 cautions to operators driving without their trail permit and we had one disqualified driver. Officers will be out again this weekend ensuring our trails are safe. Remember to bring all proper documentation.
As a reminder to the public, although many of our streets and subdivisions are covered with snow, they are not recognized trails.
You can ride on your own private property, on private property owned by someone else but with their permission, or if its a private trail owned by an organization that you are a member of. You may ride along public roads between the shoulder and the fenceline (not on the shoulder) if it is allowed. Check your municipalitys bylaws. Riders can face fines up to $1,000.
No one can ride on certain high-speed roadways, including the 400 series highways and the travelled portion (from shoulder to shoulder) of a public road, except when crossing at a 90-degree angle.
The speed limits are:
*50 km/h on snowmobile trails
*20 km/h on roads where the speed limit is 50 km/h or less
*50 km/h on roads where the speed limit is over 50 km/h
We will continue to monitor local trails in an ongoing effort to keep our communities safe.
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