OPP Patrol Snowmobile Trails
Impaired driving, excessive speed cause most trail riding accidents
By RODGER HANNA
The Tweed News
For the third year, a Trail Pak containing information on snowmobile
and ATV safety, impaired driving, ice conditions and trail rules and
regulations will be handed out by the OPP on the trail until the end of
March. The program is in partnership with the Central Hastings OPP, the
Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit and the Eastern Ontario
Trails Alliance (EOTA). This year MADD Quinte Chapter joined the
partnership. A variety of information is included in the Trail Paks
with a draw being held for an ATV helmet.
Impaired driving and excessive speeds are the most common causes of
snowmobile and ATV deaths and injuries.
Staff Sergeant Peter Valiquette of the Central Hastings OPP explained
it is education and enforcement on the trails. Last year in the
detachment?s region there were five ATV accidents and no snowmobile
accidents. ?We want to build on keeping the accidents low,? said
Valiquette. The OPP want to reinforce safe, sober and smart riding on
and off the trails.
Kerri Jianopoulos, Public Health Nurse for Hastings & Prince Edward
Counties Health Unit, explained that the health unit is trying to
prevent injuries and the Trail Paks reinforce this. ?We want people to
enjoy the trails,? said Jianopoulos.
Cindy Cassidy of the EOTA said that this area is leading the way in
safety campaigns and the manufacturers are also looking at the safety
messages coming out of this area. ?All of the partners in the Trail Pak
program are working hard for safety,? said Cassidy. She also added that
this area is five years ahead of many communities in Ontario.
The Central Hastings OPP detachment has two snowmobiles and two ATVs
for partolling the trail networks. The OPP is being proactive on the
trails. Last year the Central Hastings OPP detachment logged almost 400
hours on the trail with their ATVs.
The trails in this area are multi-use and can be used by snowmobiles,
ATVs, hikers and other activities.
The Trail Pak program is also a part of the ?Be Realistic...Not a
Statistic? Campaign which was launched last fall as an ATV safety
campaign. Keeping the trails safe is an important aspect of riding the
trails and to keeping them safe for all to use.
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