Members of the  Bracebridge OPP’s Motorized Snow Vehicle (MSV) patrol have been actively patrolling the trails, lakes and roadways in our area.

In an effort to maintain a strong community partnership with snowmobilers, the OPP says it actively patrols trails, lakes and roadways to help ensure a safe and responsible standard of operation.

Over the March Break, MSV officers will be conducting random R.I.D.E. stops as well as mobile patrols throughout Muskoka. In addition to careless or impaired operation, officers are ensuring compliance with helmet, insurance, registration and mechanical requirements.

The following is a snapshot of last week’s patrols:

In addition to trail patrols, officers conducted seven random R.I.D.E. checks throughout Muskoka. Police interacted with over 500 operators/passengers that resulted in 12 tickets for various offences including; trespassing, helmets, alcohol and even fishing violations.

One operator was issued a three-day driver’s license suspension for his blood/alcohol level after registering an “alert” on a roadside screening device.

As we enjoy the March Break and the remainder of the 2019 snowmobile season, the OPP wish to remind all riders to be attentive and mindful of the increased number of trail users while schools are out. Furthermore, the fluctuating temperatures and weather conditions will be creating unstable ice conditions, please use extra caution whenever you venture onto the ice.