Be a re­spon­si­ble snow­mo­biler

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - COMMUNITY - Dal Hutchinson

Happy New Year ev­ery­one! I hope ev­ery­one en­joyed their hol­i­days and are set­tling back in to their daily rou­tine.

Win­ter is in full force. With the pres­ence of snow and cold tem­per­a­tures comes the en­joy­ment of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties. Snow­mo­bil­ing is a sport en­joyed by many peo­ple in Cum­ber­land County.

We have a well-main­tained trail sys­tem which en­ables one to travel through­out our great out­doors. With that comes the re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that you are com­ply­ing with the rules of the road and the laws that ac­com­pany op­er­at­ing a mo­tor­ized ve­hi­cle.

The Off High­way Ve­hi­cles Act of Nova Sco­tia in­cludes snow­mo­biles. You are re­quired to have li­a­bil­ity cov­er­age and be able to show proof of it. As well, your ma­chine is to be reg­is­tered with the Registry of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles. The ex­cep­tion would be cir­cum­stances where own­ers use their OHV’s ex­clu­sively on their own prop­erty. Re­mem­ber to seek per­mis­sion to op­er­ate your snow­mo­bile on land that does not be­long to you.

As well, if trav­el­ling on a groomed trail sys­tem, you are legally re­quired to have a trail per­mit and af­fixed to your snow­mo­bile. Monitor your speed and be re­spect­ful of other op­er­a­tors who are on the trails. Wear your hel­met and please do not op­er­ate your snow­mo­bile while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol or drugs. The Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and the RCMP have trained snow­mo­bile op­er­a­tors who will be out en­forc­ing these laws.

I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss ways for peo­ple to pre­vent them­selves from be­com­ing vic­tims of crime. Whether it in­volves fraud­u­lent tele­phone calls and emails, credit card/iden­tity theft, or prop­erty crimes, we all have a role in pre­vent­ing this from hap­pen­ing to us.

There are daily re­ports in the news­pa­per, ra­dio and tele­vi­sion per­tain­ing to dif­fer­ent meth­ods of fraud that are be­com­ing more com­plex and con­vinc­ing. If you re­ceive a tele­phone call from some­one re­quest­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, don’t give it to them. Most rep­utable or­ga­ni­za­tions will not ask for your in­for­ma­tion over the tele­phone, es­pe­cially if you are al­ready a cus­tomer of theirs, as they al­ready have it.

Dis­pose of your con­fi­den­tial and per­sonal in­for­ma­tion in a se­cure man­ner. Do not place such things in the garbage or re­cy­clables. If you re­ceive an email re­quest­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion or want­ing you to check out a good deal, don’t open it. Click “delete” and empty your “trash”. If some­one comes to your door of­fer­ing you a great deal on con­struc­tion work, don’t ac­cept. They will likely ask for money up front to do the work. Take their in­for­ma­tion, get a writ­ten es­ti­mate, and do your home­work.

Many of these peo­ple tar­get se­niors. We have all heard of the “grand­par­ent” scam. Some­one calls pre­tend­ing to be their grand­child and re­quest­ing help in an emer­gency. They then ask the grand­par­ent to for­ward money to them. As dif­fi­cult as this might be for a grand­par­ent, don’t do it. Tele­phone an­other fam­ily mem­ber and con­firm if this is le­git­i­mate. This scam re­sulted in two re­ported cases here in Cum­ber­land County which re­sulted in the loss of al­most $20,000. If you re­ceive any calls on your tele­phone that seem sus­pi­cious in na­ture, tele­phone Phonebusters - the Cana­dian Anti-fraud Call Cen­tre, to re­port this at 1888-495-8501 or on­line at www.phonebusters.com or your lo­cal po­lice depart­ment.

When it comes to prop­erty crime there are many things we can do to pre­vent this, e.g. ve­hi­cle thefts or thefts from ve­hi­cles. Many of these in­ci­dents in­volve un­locked ve­hi­cles with the keys in them. As well, many thefts from ve­hi­cles can be pre­vented by just lock­ing the doors when you get out and by not keep­ing any­thing of value in them or in plain sight. Re­mem­ber, most crim­i­nals will look in be­fore they en­ter to see what’s vis­i­ble. If they see some­thing of value they’ll get in, whether if the car is locked or not.

Re­mem­ber - An ounce of pre­cau­tion can help you have a great day.

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