If you're drinking, you shouldn't be snowmobiling. 
 
Safety is a main priority for riders and their surroundings. 
 
"Just don't do it. I've seen instances where people have gone into barbed wire fences because of drinking," said Janice Shoepp, Constable with the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP.
 
From 1997 to 2006 in Alberta, there were 345 collisions involving 378 motorized snow vehicles. 60 per cent of these collisions resulted in either death or injury.
 
If charged with impaired driving on a snowmobile, the person will lose driving privileges for all types of motor vehicles.
 
Some safety tips include:
- Operate a machine that is the right size for you.
- Always wear your helmet.
- Never ride alone.
- When operating on lakes or rivers, know the ice conditions. Ice should be at least 25 cm thick.
- Be prepared for an emergency with a first aid kit, signal flares and something to build a fire.
- Avoid riding at night in unfamiliar terrain. Stay on the trail system.
 
 
 
 

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