Snowmobiling conditions remain unsafe in much of the province

January 14, 2020, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

Normally sledding season has begun in most of Ontario by now. Police are warning snow machine enthusiasts this year to take it easy. Mild temperatures have made conditions in most regions in central and southern Ontario unpredictable or dangerous.

Police report that the top contributing factors to all sledding accidents are:

  • Driving too fast for the conditions leading to loss of control
  • Alcohol/Cannabis consumption and impairment

This season the mild temperatures and rain and freezing rain have caused many trails to be closed. The OPP and Ontario federation of Snowmobile Clubs are warning snowmobilers to stay off all trails that are marked closed. Waterways in much of the central and south are also unpredictable with no ice, thin ice or unsafe ice due to the weather pattern.

Ontario has already had its first fatality of the season. In December a man died tragically after losing control of his snowmobile.

Snowmobilers are reminded to always check the weather, and the OFSC Interactive Trail Guide or mobile app for real time trail conditions. Remember that snowmobiles are governed in Ontario under the Ontario Motorized Snow Vehicles Act and are subject to enforcement by police.

Whenever you head make sure to have your cell phone and a safety/emergency pack.

Posted under Accident Benefit News, Automobile Accident Benefits, Personal Injury, Snow Mobiles

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