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Media Release from the Ontario Provincial Police - Snowmobiling

FROM/DE: James Bay Detachments
DATE: December 15, 2021

SNOWMOBILE SEASON IS IN FULL SWING

(JAMES BAY, ON) – With the opening of the OFSC trails, there will be an increase of Motorized Show Vehicles (MSV) in the area. Snowmobile safety is an important component of the OPP’s Provincial Traffic Safety Program and we want to ensure that snowmobiling remains a safe recreational activity in Ontario.

Officers from the James Bay Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be patrolling the local snowmobile trails along with roadways to ensure snowmobilers are following the rules of the Highway Traffic Act and Motorized Snow Vehicles Act of Ontario. Officers will focus their patrol on snowmobilers who drive:

· Speeding
· Illegally on sidewalks
· On private properties in the surrounding communities
· Loud modified exhausts

OPP would like to remind where snowmobile riders can drive, depending on their age and type of driver’s licence.

· If you are 16 and over WITH a valid Ontario driver’s licence, MSVOL or snowmobile licence from another jurisdiction:

1. You can drive on snowmobile trials
2. Across a road, where permitted
3. On roadways, where permitted

· If you are 12 years or older WITH a valid MSVOL or a licence from another jurisdiction

You can drive on snowmobile trails only

· Any age with no valid Ontario driver’s licence, MSVOL or snowmobile licence from another jurisdiction

You can drive on private property only

· Under age 12

You can drive on private property only

 

MAXIMUM SPEED LIMIT FOR SNOWMOBILERS

· Snowmobile trails 50km/h
· Roads where the speed limit is over 50km/h 50km/h
· Roads where the speed limit is 50km/h or less 20km/h
· Any public park or exhibition grounds 20km/h

The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) provides a scenic trail system throughout Ontario. For more information about the OFSC and their trails, visit their website at: www.ofsc.on.ca

Contact:
Provincial Constable Julie Vienneau
Media Officer
Phone: (705) 362-4245
Email: Julie.Vienneau@opp.ca
opp.ca
Twitter: @OPP_NER or @PPO_Nordest
Facebook: Ontario Provincial Police – North East Region

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