As winter arrives, DNR urges snowmobile safety - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

As winter arrives, DNR urges snowmobile safety


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The recent snow is bringing out Minnesota snowmobilers, and safety officials are urging them to be careful.

Capt. Mike Hammer of the Department of Natural Resources says speed kills with snowmobiles.

Hammer points out that snowmobiles can travel as fast, or faster, than automobiles. And he says they require every bit as much or more experience to operate. While modern sleds easily can reach 70 miles an hour and even push 100, they don't stop like cars or offer the same protection.

Minnesota's speed limit for all snowmobile trails, public lands and waters is 50 mph.

The usual causes of snowmobile accidents are operator inexperience, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and high speeds.

The DNR suggests its giving safety courses on CDs as holiday stocking stuffers.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2001 - 2014 WorldNow and KTTC, a Quincy station.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Jodi Neyens at (507) 280-5104. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at