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  Stay Safe on The Trails This Season

Feb 04, 2015 13:04 ET

As the snowfall continues across the region, DRPS would like to remind snowmobilers hitting the trails to exercise caution and be prepared while out enjoying the winter weather.

In addition to regular patrols, during the winter months, North Division officers are responsible for patrolling approximately 1,100 kilometers of snowmobile trails. This is done in co-operation with the provincial S.T.O.P. officers, who are authorized as Provincial Offences Officers.

During a recent two-day initiative in North Durham, 65 snowmobiles were stopped, nine Provincial Offence Notices were issued and 10 people received cautions. Three ATVs and two sleds were pulled off the trails due to improper documentation and no trail pass (ATVs are not allowed on the trail system)

Members of the public were very grateful for the presence of officers on the trails. One of the young people riding an ATV came back after loading his vehicle to shake hands with officers and thank them for being so polite and respectful. Thankfully officers did not observe any excessive speeding, dangerous operation or alcohol on the trails. Enforcement will continue throughout the winter on the trail system across Durham Region.

The DRPS snowmobiles are now outfitted with the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nations symbol which is on every North Durham vehicle. North Division is pleased to add the symbols to all of off-road vehicles, as many of the trail systems in North Durham run through Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nations Territory.

If you plan to head out on the trails, here are a few tips to keep you safe this season:

*If you are a beginner, make sure you know how to operate your machine safely before heading out

*Obey speed limits and road/trail signs. Lower your speed when travelling at night

*Check local weather conditions before leaving for your destination and be prepared for the conditions

*Bring a cellphone and emergency kit with you in case of a break-down

*It is against the law to drive a snowmobile while impaired by alcohol or drugs

*Anyone who drives or rides on a snowmobile must wear a helmet that meets the standards approved for motorcycle helmets

Below are attached files.
snowmobiles (JPG file, 119.8K bytes)
Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nations Symbol (JPG file, 576.6K bytes)
DRPS officers speak to ATV riders in Beaverton  (JPG file, 198.3K bytes)