Bracebridge OPP Remind Drivers To Stay Off Groomed Snowmobile Trails

The Bracebridge OPP Motorized Snow Vehicle patrol has been actively patrolling the trails, lakes and roadways in our region.

A relentless commitment to community safety helps stave off the frigid chill of winter as OPP MSV officers endure the elements to help promote a safe environment for sledders of all ages. In an effort to maintain a strong community partnership with snowmobilers, the OPP actively patrols our trails, lakes and roadways to ensure a safe and responsible standard of operation.

Opp 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 nearly 300 operators/passengers that resulted in 13 tickets for various offences including; trespassing, helmets, alcohol and even fishing violations.

A prominent theme over the weekend was the presence of cars and trucks driving on groomed sections of trail. Police remind all drivers of cars and trucks to stay off of groomed snowmobile trails. Stuck cars make for dangerous obstacles for snowmobilers and the damage they do to the trails can cause serious crashes. “Summer Maintained Roads” that are groomed into snowmobile trails are off limits to all vehicles except snowmobiles.

Trails may give the appearance that they are passable roads but as three unfortunate drivers learned this weekend, a trespassing ticket and a very expensive tow bill can ensue, not to mention damage to your vehicle. Even four wheel drive won’t help when you’re sunk to the bumpers in packed snow!!

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