RCMP reminding snowmobile riders to stay safe and sober this winter

Staff ~ The Telegram
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RCMP on the Northern Peninsula have so far this year apprehended a number of impaired snowmobilers who have been operating, or have had care and control of, their motorized snow vehicles.
The RCMP says officers will enforce a zero tolerance policy for alcohol, whether it is on the trails or on the roadways. It is illegal to consume alcohol/drugs while operating a motorized snow vehicle and it can carry fines of up to $1,500 or imprisonment for 12 months for a first offence.
A person convicted of being impaired while operating a snowmobile risks the same penalty as if convicted of operating an automobile while impaired under the Criminal Code of Canada.
Laws to observe while operating snowmobiles include:
• Snowmobiles must be registered to the current owner;
• It is illegal to operate a snowmobile on a roadway;
• It is illegal to operate or move a snowmobile across a highway unless at a 90-degree angle at those points where the operator has at least 100 yards visibility in both directions;
• It is illegal for a person to operate a snowmobile under the age of 13 unless directly being supervised by a person who is 19 years of age or older.
• It is illegal to operate a snowmobile without an adequate noise reduction system;
• It is illegal to operate snowmobile without consideration to the general public;
• It is illegal to operate a snowmobile on a identified trail without a valid trail sticker.
All of the above offences carry a fine of $115 for a first time offence.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Northern Peninsula, Canada

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  • Craig
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    A 12 year old on a roadway on snowmobile. Very intelligent parent! Excatly the thing the police are trying to prevent!!! Lets hope he has a helmet at least. Its not about size its about maturity which comes with age (more than 12 years of it).

  • Willie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    My youngster is almost 12 years old but he's bigger than me and can handle the Elan better than I can. I got no trouble letting him drive it. I've never owned a trail tag and as far as roadways go, you got to drive on the roadway to get anywhere from where I am. These new laws must only apply to the boys up North.

    Willie Hunt
    Pouch Cove NL

  • Craig
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    A 12 year old on a roadway on snowmobile. Very intelligent parent! Excatly the thing the police are trying to prevent!!! Lets hope he has a helmet at least. Its not about size its about maturity which comes with age (more than 12 years of it).

  • Willie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    My youngster is almost 12 years old but he's bigger than me and can handle the Elan better than I can. I got no trouble letting him drive it. I've never owned a trail tag and as far as roadways go, you got to drive on the roadway to get anywhere from where I am. These new laws must only apply to the boys up North.

    Willie Hunt
    Pouch Cove NL