SLOW DOWN, DRIVE WITHIN YOUR CAPABILITIES!!! WE HAVE HAD
WAY TO MANY ACCIDENTS THIS SEASON IN NEW YORK STATE.
Unsafe speed and alcohol are the primary causes of snowmobile accidents. Most accidents continue to be collisions with fixed objects, such as trees.
Beginning at age 10, courses are available for any individual interested in taking a snowmobile safety education course. Youth ages 14 through 17 years old may operate a snowmobile on lands upon which snowmobiling is allowed without adult or other supervision if they have completed a snowmobile safety training course recognized by the State of New York and have their snowmobile safety certificate in their possession.
If youth ages 14 through 17 years have not completed the training course, they may operate a snowmobile if accompanied by (within 500 feet of) a person who is at least 18 years of age.
Youth ages 10 through 13 may operate a snowmobile on lands
which snowmobiling is allowed if they have completed a snowmobile safety
training course recognized by the State of New York and are accompanied by
(within 500 feet of) a person who is at least 18 years of age. The law requires
that youth ages 10 through 13 have their snowmobile safety certificate in their
possession while operating a snowmobile. Children less than 10 years old or less
than age 14 without a safety certificate may operate a snowmobile only on lands
owned or leased by their parent or guardian.
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The Sledder's Pledge
I will never drink and drive a snowmobile.
I will drive within the limits of my machine and my own abilities.
I will obey the rules and laws of the state or province I am visiting.
I will be careful when crossing roads, and always cross at a right angle to traffic.
I will keep my machine in top shape and follow a pre-op check before each ride.
I will wear appropriate clothing, including gloves, boots and a helmet with a visor.
I will let family or friends know my planned route, my destination and my expected arrival time.
I will treat the outdoors with respect. I will not litter or damage trees or other vegetation.
I will respect other peoples' property and rights, and lend a hand when I see someone in need.
I will not snowmobile where prohibited.