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VIDEO REPORT: Snowmobiling Safety

Posted March 1, 2013-- 6:27 p.m.

There have been 16 snowmobiling deaths recorded this season, which is up from ten last year but during a less snow season.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, with more snow comes more accidents.

"More people are out enjoying that activity, more people get involved in fatal incidents," said DNR snowmobile administrator, Gary Eddy

But the the three main causes remain the same-- speeding, driving at night, and alcohol.

A night time speed limit of 55 miles per hour has helped deter accidents.

Along with the dangers of drinking and speeding is the threat of cracked ice. Many of the incidents this year involve people falling through, so knowing the ice conditions and bringing along safety equipment is important. Ice picks can be used to drag yourself out.

"Generally if you're traveling out and you don't see any tracks, there might be a reason for that."

Some are hoping to pass a bill that would increase the penalty for drinking and driving a snowmobile from just a fine to also being on your driving record.


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