You never know when you’ll see the OPP on Muskoka’s snowmobile trails.
Bracebridge OPP is constantly sending officers out on the OFSC trails around the district looking for everything from impaired drivers to unsafe sledding practices.
Two serious snowmobile crashes, one resulting in the death of the rider, have been reported in the Muskoka-area so far this year.
The OPP is warning drivers to ride within your limits. If you’re riding at night, don’t over-drive your headlight.
“If your headlight projects 30 metres or 100 feet in front of you, at 100 km per hour you have 1 second to see an obstacle, make a decision, react and allow the machine to respond,” says OPP Constable James Reading.
And officials say no matter what time of day or night you’re out on your snowmobile, you should always be wearing a helmet.
Police are also taking time to educate riders on how to properly maintain equipment. Officers recently stopped two young teens driving along Highway 169 in Bala on a snomwobile with a flashlight duct-taped to the hood. Police say having safe and properly-working equipment is essential when riding on roads and trails.