Safety Week Observance
6:40 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Eddy: Most Snowmobile Crashes Preventable

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With the World Championship Snowmobile Derby ending Sunday in Eagle River, many enthusiasts are in the Northwoods to enjoy some of the best snowmobiling in years. This is also International Snowmobile Safety Week.

DNR Snowmobile Administrator Warden Gary Eddy says with busy trails, always keep in mind safety...

 

"....some of the traditional complaints we have out there when it is busy are snowmobilers cutting corners, not staying on the right side of the trail, speeding and just overall reckless operation...."

Eddy says the combination of alcohol and speed often are contributing factors to serious injuries and deaths...

 

"...it's not really worth ending your ride in tragedy and really complicate things and end up in a tragic situation is by introducting alcohol into your ride....."

As of last week, 8 people had died in snowmobile accidents this season. Eddy says a death of a woman in Polk county involved alcohol. Eddy says hold off on drinking until you are done driving for the day.

Wisconsin law also requires snowmobile riders who are at least age 12 and born after Jan 1, 1985, to complete a snowmobile safety course.