December 21, 2010
Alcohol a factor in over a third of snowmobile fatalities
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation officials reminded snowmobilers to exercise caution and refrain from drinking alcohol before and during their ride as they enjoy the state's abundant snowmobiling opportunities. The state snowmobile trail system is expected to open over the next few weeks as conditions warrant.
"Our 10,500 miles of state-designated snowmobile trails make New York State an unmatched destination for snowmobiling," State Parks Acting Commissioner Andy Beers said. "The best way to enjoy this incredible network is to do so safely. Travel at a speed that is appropriate for trail conditions and avoid drinking any alcohol whatsoever until the snowmobile is parked for the day. Zero alcohol is the only choice to make snowmobiling safer."
"In cooperation with other law enforcement agencies throughout the state, State Park Police will be vigorously enforcing speed limits, operating while intoxicated laws and snowmobile registration requirements," said State Park Police Chief Richard O'Donnell. "We will make every effort to ensure a safe and enjoyable recreational snowmobile season for riders, the landowners who host the trail system and motorists who encounter snowmobiles at road crossings and trailheads."
Riders can help avoid accidents by:
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 178 state parks and 35 historic sites. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com.