DNR Stresses Snowmobile Safety This Winter

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is reminding snowmobilers to ride safely this upcoming winter. Officials say with more than 200-thousand registered snowmobiles hitting the state’s 25-thousand miles of groomed trails across the state each winter, safety is a critical part of the ride.

This year’s snowmobiling got off to a deadly start with 19 fatalities between January and March. Three of those deaths involved someone under the age of 18. The DNR reminds the public that any person who is at least 12-years-old and who is born on or after January 1st, 1985 is required to have a valid Snowmobile Safety Certificate in order to operate a snowmobile in most areas.

Operators must carry the certificate while riding and display it to a law enforcement officer when requested. Other safety tips to remember while out on the trails include staying on marked routes, always wear a helmet and safety gear as well as slow down and use extra caution at night. For more information on snowmobile safety classes, regulations or to register your snowmobile visit the DNR website at https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Snowmobile