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OPP report 5 snowmobile fatalities so far this season

Wednesday, January 08, 2014   by: Staff


ORILLIA - In the wake of five fatal motorized snow vehicle (MVC) collisions that have occurred in Ontario since the start of the season, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is warning snowmobilers to exercise caution at all times while out enjoying what should be a safe winter recreational activity.

All five of these tragic fatalities occurred on roads and the OPP is reminding snowmobilers to always travel at speeds which take into consideration not only their ability as an operator, but also the weather and surface conditions in the areas in which they are travelling.

This is especially important during heavy snowfall, high winds, when snow banks are present and when visibility becomes obscured or is reduced to zero.

The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) provide designated trails that are marked, mapped, maintained and patrolled for the safety and enjoyment of all snowmobilers.

By avoiding closed trails and not riding on roads, lakes, unfamiliar terrain and private property, snowmobilers can greatly reduce their risk of getting into trouble.

Please make safety and common sense important aspects of your preparation and planning every time you head out on your snowmobile.

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Gater 1/8/2014 6:42:43 PM Report

Very sad fact.. But if you travel the "F" trail on a regular basis you will see the snowmobile tracks are all down the center of the groomed trail on the straight stretches.
And All traffic on the inside of the corners going either way. And as far as the posted 50 km well that's pretty much a joke..
We have travelled a section of the "F" trail between E.Lake and Hwy 129
since the trail opened 10-15 years.
And have never seen any police on the trail. and there has been fatalities on this section also.
It would seem we are relying on COMMON sense for all who operate snowmobiles.
Well its not working..
If the fatalities reach 10 or so..Then we will do something in the area of accident prevention.
We are reactive and not pro active..
SLOW DOWN and enjoy the ride and our scenery..
jojoe71 1/8/2014 7:48:15 PM Report

In a perfect world everyone would drive responsively on the highways ; trails 'and waterways. Alas we do not live in a perfect world :(
Bad Dawg 1/8/2014 9:02:03 PM Report

no doubt accidents happen..... but if machines weren't 900-1000 cc there may not be as many, but I forsee more 4 wheeler accidents this summer because they are now 1000 cc also. Sleds are not built the same as they were 25yrs ago.
In 1990 I had a 89 mach 1 with a tuned 583 bored and clutched that went 114 mph and now they do 147mph right off the show room floor not after the owner tunes it to go faster.
rjs 1/8/2014 10:29:43 PM Report

147 mph ? that's over 236 km/h
rjs 1/8/2014 10:31:00 PM Report

is that a lot for a tuned 583 bored and clutched snowmobile?
rjs 1/8/2014 10:33:51 PM Report

out for a rip ?
F150Guy 1/8/2014 10:36:39 PM Report

I'll stick with my smaller 250 long track that tops 80km/h. At least then I have way less chance of killing myself unless someone comes flying around a corner at break neck speeds and hits me for going the speed limit.
Dictionary 1/8/2014 11:56:00 PM Report

Machines are indeed powerful. I own one that I understand to be capable of doing 110mph... but it doesn't mean I use it. In the very limited "trail" riding that I've done I've had some near misses with guys racing on high power sleds so I keep to the lakes etc.
Stugatzu 1/9/2014 7:22:52 AM Report

You can kill yourself in a 25kph crash... it all depends on what, where and how you hit an object -- and how your body absorbs the impact.

Speed is definitely a factor, but they're referring to how one is unable to react to a dangerous situation at the speed they're travelling.

Any speed is an unsafe speed, if you can't avoid a collision.
D0BBER 1/9/2014 7:37:54 AM Report

The size of the machine is irrelevant ... there are rules like speed limit and which side of the road you travel for a reason. If you choose to ignore these rules no matter what the reason you are putting your life and every other person on the road in jeopardy !!

Just because we dont live in a perfect world is no excuse for driving recklessly !!
Nunavut 1/9/2014 8:22:34 AM Report

Since the OFSC seems to want to turn a blind eye to the speeds used on their trails, then they should be forced by Government to do much better signage and have wider trails and much better trail enforcement....but alas that means us the taxpayers, that don't use the trails, will be paying for all that for the already heavily tax subsidized sport.
On second thought No I don't want more of my tax money spent on a sport where the people don't have enough common sense to not speed thru the bush inches away from unforgiving trees.
Wisenheimer 1/9/2014 9:03:54 AM Report

I'm especially intrigued by drivers that use their high powered machines to see if they can make it over expanses of open water. Machine too fast, brain too small ?
Ski-Dude 1/9/2014 9:09:49 AM Report

Blame the gun for shooting someone.
Bad Dawg 1/9/2014 9:55:51 AM Report

my mistake not 147mph..... the new Artic Cat M100 turbo sno pro wil do 142mph.... which is way too fast for this guy!!!
Bad Dawg 1/9/2014 12:46:54 PM Report

ski dude... I will blame the gunsmith if it shoots 100 rounds in 1 minute. Because no one needs that! I do agree there are responsible drivers, but they are only that way because they have had a friend or family member get hurt or killed.

I have..... when I was teen my buddy got on my dirtbike (CR 125cc) went 10 ft and flipped it (no helmet cause he was only loading it in the truck) broke his neck, back, collar bone and wore a head cage holding 20+ pins and screws in place for over a year. Everyone I grew up with never loaded any machine without a helmet... so sorry he had to teach us that lesson.
D0BBER 1/9/2014 4:55:06 PM Report

SO what lesson did you learn .. that bikes are dangerous ??

Or to make safe decisions like wear a helmet ... or follow speed limits or stay on the proper side of the trail ??
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