Why should all snowmobilers suffer?
I am an avid snowmobiler in my community of Victoria. I respect the laws of snowmobiling and do not use my snowmobile on public roads. Lately, though, it seems that snowmobilers who are respecting the law, including myself, are getting penalized because other people are disrespecting the law.
We are all being stereotyped and suffer because of a few people’s stupid actions.
As you drive through the communities of Conception Bay North, you see many people using snowmobiles. You see them on trails and some trying to cross roads to enter onto trails, acting responsibly. But then you see some people whizzing around roads amongst cars and ruining the fun for everybody who enjoys the sport of snowmobiling.
The police really have no choice but to stop all snowmobilers to see if they are the people who are breaking the law. But really, that just is not fair. People that obey the law should not be penalized for things they do not do. That’s just like accusing all car drivers of driving recklessly.
A solution to this would be if all snowmobilers would use common sense and stay off the roads. Sure, cross the road safely to enter another trail, but DO NOT endanger the lives of yourself and everyone around you by driving up and down public roads like complete maniacs.
These people think they won’t get hurt. But, in fact, each year snowmobile accidents produce approximately 200 deaths and 14,000 injuries. Most of these come from road-related accidents.
I live in hope that by publicly expressing my concerns, it helps stop these maniacs that drive their snowmobiles on our public roads, and thereby helping the community of snowmobilers in our area and the whole province in general. Peter Green