It is that time of year again, and winter is here. January 17-25 is International Snowmobile Safety week. MADD Winnipeg wishes you good health and safety throughout our snowy season. If you are an outdoors person and ski, snowboard, skate or play recreational or organized hockey during this season, play safe! Even though these activities are NOT motor vehicle related, speed and coordination are a crucial part of these sport activities. Impairment by drugs or alcohol could turn a fun time out into a embarrassing situation or even worse, result in an injury or a fatality. If you see someone that appears to be impaired, do the right thing, the safe thing! Do what you can to get that person away from a potentially hazardous scenario. One doesn’t have to be rude or confrontational, use your imagination and be creative utilizing your social skills to let them make the decision to ‘call it quits’ and not expose themselves and others to danger. Remember that they may not only be a menace to themselves, but they could involve other innocent people just being at the wrong place at the wrong time. If you see someone that might be impaired riding a sled or ATV, get all the info and Report Impaired Driving, Call 911. It is better to error on the side of caution, be the one first to take action, if you delay and wait for someone else – you might be too late! By recognizing the situation, you might avoid a mishap or injury BEFORE it happens!
The RCMP have a message below applies equally to both snowmobiles and ATV’s. Consider your safety and the safety of those around you. Check the conditions before you ride. As spring approaches, those ditches, rivers and lakes may not have the strong ice you thought or experienced earlier in the season. Wear appropriate apparel, that includes an approved helmet to protect that noggin. Contact you local snowmobile club or Snoman Manitoba to confirm current trail conditions and snow cover. Don’t forget to keep your Snopass current, and familiarize yourself with the area you are riding in.
Enjoy the wonders of the season, be careful, watch out for others and have lots of fun!
RCMP Urge Snowmobile Safety Winter 2014 – 2015
Snowmobiling is very popular across Manitoba. It is a unique way to get around in the winter and see parts of the province hidden by snow and trees.
It’s a lot of fun out there on the trails and the lakes, but it only stays fun if everyone gets home safely.
Here are 10 safety tips that will make your snowmobiling experience a great one:
- Do not use alcohol or drugs before or during snowmobiling
- Operate at safe and reasonable speeds, driving within the limits of the machine and your ability.
- Stay on the trails and in areas where snowmobiling is permitted.
- Use extra caution when riding during the evening or night, ensuring your machine has working lights
- Always wear a safety certified helmet and proper layered clothing.
- Inform someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
- Carry emergency supplies and learn first aid and survival skills.
- Maintain and get to know your snowmobile.
- Educate yourself on snowmobiling and take a Canada Snowmobile Safety course.
- Leave tracks, not trash. If you had space to bring it in, then respect nature by carrying it out too.
If you are interested in snowmobiling in your part of the province, look up Snowmobilers of Manitoba (Snoman) on the Internet for information on clubs and safety tips like the ones above.
Enjoy the many benefits that snowmobiling has to offer in Manitoba.
Ride safe, ride sober