ATV and snowmobile use in our state is common, especially in our central PA area. What you might not know is how much land the state of Pennsylvania has for recreational use. According to reports, snowmobile riders are able to access about 3,000 miles of trails. These trails can be found in 90% of state forest districts, as well as in many of our state parks. The state snowmobile season officially runs from December 15-April 1st. The state also provides condition updates via its snowmobile hotline, which is updated twice weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays). As many state snowmobile riders know, all all-terrain vehicle units have to be registered in the state of PA.
Are you being safe when you ride your ATV this fall? Hopefully, if you plan to ride your snowmobile this winter, you will keep safety in mind as well. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, an unnamed victim lost his life while riding his all-terrain vehicle. Near Pittsburgh, in Beaver County, an ATV driver passed away after he drove his vehicle off a trail and into a pond. The site of the crash was in an old mining area, where the victim was not with the rest of the group of riders that he had started off with. Unfortunately, he was trapped under the vehicle for an extended period of time before the emergency response teams could get him out. Our sympathies go out to the victim and his/her family.