Ride safely on trails this winter

CONCORD – For International Snowmobile Safety Week from Jan. 16-24, Maj. John Wimsatt, of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, reminds snowmobilers to think safety first when riding trails this winter.

Key safety guidelines presented by the International Snowmobile Manufacturers’ Association are:

? Smart riders are safe riders – take safety training.

? Snowmobiling and alcohol don’t mix.

? Ride safe, stay on the trail and always respect private property.

? When night riding, slow down – expect the unexpected.

? Ride smart, ride right – stay in control.

? Know before you go – always check ice conditions.

? One is the loneliest number – never ride alone.

? Cross with care – don’t become a statistic.

The majority of the state’s snowmobile trails exist because of the generosity of private landowners. Respect their land and stay on trails.

Find a snowmobile safety education class or sign up for the online course at wildnh.com/ohrv/education.html.

The New Hampshire-Vermont-Maine reciprocal snowmobile weekend will take place January 29-31.

For more information, visit www.ride.nh.gov or www.nhtrails.org.

Submitted by the N.H. Fish and Game Department