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OPP and OFSC want sledders to obey laws on the trails

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Police and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs want the upcoming Family Day weekend to be safe and enjoyable for everyone.

The West Parry Sound OPP and the OFSC’s Snowmobile Trail Officers Program have patrolled over 4,000km of trail in the West Parry Sound District so far this season.

To date, 17 tickets have been issued to snow vehicle drivers with the most common offences being having no trail permit, having no vehicle documentation and not wearing helmets.

One incident involved a careless driving charge when officers were nearly struck by a speeding sled operated by an aggressive driver on the trail.

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Officers remind everyone looking to take advantage of the Family Day weekend to sled on the trails to make sure they have all the proper documentation for their sled, have a proper fitting helmet and that they obey all speed limits.

According to the MSVA, no person shall drive a MSV at a greater speed than 20 km/h on a Highway where the speed limit, pursuant to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA), is 50 km/h or less.

On a trail unless posted otherwise, no person shall drive a MSV at a greater speed than 50 km/h. This includes up to 15 meters off of the trail onto a lake or open body of water.

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