This blog post, originally highlighted on our website several years ago, bears repeating as we enjoy winter sports outside. Please take a minute and review this article, which can be found below, to make sure your snowmobiling practices are as safe as possible!
Pennsylvanians who enjoy our great outdoors on game lands will likely be required to have a permit in the future. As the result of a proposal put forth to the Pennsylvania Game Commission's board, anyone who wants to hike, ride a bicycle, horseback ride, or snowmobile on state game lands will need to either buy a hunting license or get a free permit. Proponents of the permitting process say that the permits will work as a way to collect data on the use of land by non-hunters, and will provide a means to help maintain game lands.
Recently, several snowmobile accidents have shown up in the news across states along the east coast. One accident, which occurred in New Hampshire near Boston, Massachusetts, involved a father and son. According to the news article from CBS Local in Boston, a father of three was out riding a snowmobile with his nine-year-old son when the throttle of his snowmobile got stuck. The snowmobile hit a rock, and the father and son threw themselves off of the vehicle as it went airborne. The son survived, but the father unfortunately did not. The snowmobile landed in a nearby creek after flying over 70 feet into the air. The son, whose only injury was a broken leg, was grateful to his father for saving his life by throwing him into a pile of powdery snow, which broke his fall.
A recent online article, which can be accessed by clicking this link, talks about The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association's (ISMA) global campaign to raise awareness for snowmobile safety and training. According to the publication, different countries' laws governing snowmobile operation are extremely variable, and there are generally fewer regulations for snowmobile operation than for other, similar vehicles like ATVs.
Are you familiar with Pennsylvania's snowmobile laws? Many users may not realize the regulations required to properly and legally operate a snowmobile on PA's trails and recreational areas. Here are a few of Pennsylvania's most important snowmobile laws that people may not know.
Want to learn more about the prevalence of all-terrain vehicle accidents across the country? Check out this NBC Nightly News clip from July 2012. At that time, over 700 people died from ATV accidents in a year, and about 136,000 visited the hospital for ATV-related injuries. Check out the news clip by clicking here!