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Snowmobilers reminded to ride safely

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Fri, Jan 6th 2017 05:25 pm

Safe, smart riding best way to enjoy New York's snowmobile trail network

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation reminds snowmobilers to ride responsibly and exercise caution as they enjoy the state's abundant snowmobiling opportunities.

"Our 10,500 miles of state-designated snowmobile trails make New York state an unmatched destination for snowmobiling," State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. "The best way to enjoy this incredible network is to make safety a priority for yourself and others out on the trail. Knowing the safety recommendations - and following them - will help ensure you and your friends and family have a good time on the trail."

Everyone operating a snowmobile should be familiar with safe riding practices and all applicable laws, rules and regulations. The best way to learn is by taking a snowmobile safety course. To find a course, go to www.nysparks.com/recreation/snowmobiles/education.aspx. A safety certificate is required for youth between ages 10 and 18.

Before heading out, riders are reminded to check trail conditions with local snowmobile clubs. To find a club, visit the New York State Snowmobile Association website at www.nysnowmobiler.com. Joining a snowmobile club helps support snowmobiling in New York. Club members receive a discounted registration fee, and help support the clubs and volunteers who make up the backbone of the New York snowmobile trail system.

Top safety recommendations include:

•Check over your snowmobile; make sure it is in good working order and carry emergency supplies.

•Always wear a helmet and make sure you wear the proper snowmobile gear, including bibs, jackets, boots and gloves.

•Always ride with a buddy or at least one other person.

•Ride responsibly. Ride within your ability, ride to the right and operate at a safe and prudent speed at all times. Respect landowners, obey posted signs and stay on the marked trail.

•Frozen bodies of water are not designated trails. If you plan to ride on ice, proceed with caution and be aware of potential hazards under the snow.

•Never drink alcohol or use drugs and ride. 

State Parks oversees the development, maintenance and oversight of a statewide snowmobile program, which features approximately 10,500 miles of state-designated snowmobile trails. For more information on snowmobiling in New York, visit www.nysparks.com/recreation/snowmobiles

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