OPP watching over snowmobile trails from the air
OPP officer surveys snowmobile trail. Photo courtesy of Central Region OPP
The OPP now has an eye in the sky watching over snowmobile trails in cottage country.
Police are using both aerial services, which includes helicopters and planes, as well as drones for both safety enforcement and rescue operations on snowmobile trails. Officials say aerial services can track riders who are speeding or risking safety by riding on closed trails and unsafe ice. Drones can be used during rescue operations to access areas blocked off to other vehicles.
These new tools are part of the overall effort to bring down the number of snowmobile-related deaths. There have been six reported in the area so far this winter season. Police say the main factors in these deadly collisions are usually unsafe riding or alcohol and drug impairment.
Officials are urging riders to stay sober on the trails and always wear proper equipment like helmets.