The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 27 snowmobile deaths during the 2016-2017 season, marking the highest number of fatalities since the winter of 2003-2004.
Last season was also the worst on record for snowmobilers whose ride took a tragic turn while travelling on frozen waterways. One third (9) of last season’s victims died as a result of their snowmobiles going through the ice.
As the OPP kicks off Safe Snowmobile Week with the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC), they are urging snowmobilers to leave all forms of risky behaviour behind when heading out for a ride, especially when riding on frozen waterways.
Lisa Stackhouse, Manager, Participation and Partnership Development with the OFSC, underlined the need for care. “Snowmobiling occurs in an unpredictable and uncontrollable natural setting with inherent risks that demand constant rider preparedness, vigilance, caution, unimpaired reaction and smart decisions. The OFSC encourages all snowmobilers to click on the GO Safe link on our website to learn about how they can enjoy the safest ride possible”.