Snow­mo­bile safety cour­ses, ed­u­ca­tion of­fered

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Sarato­gian staff

SARATOGA COUNTY, N.Y. >> New York State is a leader in snow­mo­bile ed­u­ca­tion and of­fers one op­er­a­tor train­ing course for snow­mo­bil­ers of all ages be­gin­ning at age 10.

This course pro­vides fun­da­men­tal in­for­ma­tion which all snow­mo­bil­ers should pos­sess in or­der to en­sure the safety of riders and other trail users.

Suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course re­sults in the award of a NYS Snow­mo­bile Safety Cer­tifi­cate. Classes in Saratoga County in De­cem­ber will be taught on the fol­low­ing date:

Satur­day, Dec. 21, 2019

Ball­ston Town Hall, 323 Charl­ton Rd, Ball­ston Spa N.Y. 12020 (Saratoga) Kristin Zalucki (518) 384-7756

Must Pre-Reg­is­ter, call/email fire­cat­[email protected]­cap.rr.com

Cour­ses are taught by ex­pe­ri­enced snow­mo­bil­ers who vol­un­teer their time to make the sport safer and more en­joy­able for every­one. They are usu­ally spon­sored by snow­mo­bile clubs, agri­cul­tural ex­ten­sion of­fices, law en­force­ment agen­cies, or sim­i­lar groups, and are avail­able in fall and early win­ter.

View a list of cour­ses be­ing of­fered through­out New York State. This list is up­dated on a weekly ba­sis dur­ing the snow­mo­bile sea­son.

Youth ages 14 through 17 years old may op­er­ate a snow­mo­bile, on lands upon which snow­mo­bil­ing is al­lowed, with­out adult or other su­per­vi­sion if they have com­pleted a snow­mo­bile safety train­ing course rec­og­nized by the State of New York.

If youth ages 14 through 17 years have not com­pleted the train­ing course, they may op­er­ate a snow­mo­bile if ac­com­pa­nied by (within 500 feet of) a per­son who is at least 18 years of age. Youth ages 10 through 13 may op­er­ate a snow­mo­bile, on lands upon which snow­mo­bil­ing is al­lowed, if they have com­pleted a snow­mo­bile safety train­ing course rec­og­nized by the State of New York and are ac­com­pa­nied by (within 500 feet of) a per­son who is at least 18 years of age.

Chil­dren less than 10 years old or less than age 14 with­out a safety cer­tifi­cate may op­er­ate a snow­mo­bile only on lands owned or leased by their par­ent or guardian.

A non-res­i­dent op­er­a­tor who is a res­i­dent of an­other state or coun­try and is the holder of a valid snow­mo­bile safety cer­tifi­cate is­sued by that state or coun­try shall be con­sid­ered the same as the holder of a New York State Safety Cer­tifi­cate.

The New York State Snow­mo­bile Pro­gram ex­ists by man­date from the Leg­is­la­ture. The Of­fice of Parks, Recre­ation and His­toric Preser­va­tion (OPRHP)

has been given the re­spon­si­bil­ity to plan for the de­vel­op­ment, main­te­nance and over­sight of a statewide snow­mo­bile pro­gram. The Leg­is­la­ture finds that it is in the pub­lic in­ter­est to:

• En­cour­age the sport of snow­mo­bil­ing as a fam­ily ac­tiv­ity,

• Pro­mote the proper and safe use and op­er­a­tion of snow­mo­biles,

• Pro­vide an ad­e­quate safety ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram for youth­ful op­er­a­tors,

• Limit the op­er­a­tion of snow­mo­biles upon pub­lic high­ways and pri­vate prop­erty with­out the con­sent of the owner,

• Pro­tect and pre­serve the state’s nat­u­ral re­sources, in­clud­ing its wildlife, wild forests, waters and scenic and wilder­ness char­ac­ter,

• Re­duce the ef­fect on the en­vi­ron­ment of ex­cess noise,

• In­sure pri­vacy of re­mote ar­eas,

• Af­ford op­por­tu­nity for com­pat­i­ble en­joy­ment of var­i­ous recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties on the state’s lands and open spa­ces.

It is the pur­pose of this ti­tle to pro­mote the safe and proper use of snow­mo­biles for recre­ation and com­merce in this state by en­cour­ag­ing their use and de­vel­op­ment and min­i­mize detri­men­tal ef­fects of such use upon the en­vi­ron­ment.

Pro­gram fund­ing is ob­tained through snow­mo­bile reg­is­tra­tions. With the ex­cep­tion of the first ten dol­lars col­lected, the reg­is­tra­tion fees are used to sup­port snow­mo­bil­ing in New York State. These fees are de­posited into a State Spe­cial Rev­enue Snow­mo­bile Ac­count that pro­vides fi­nan­cial sup­port to ac­com­plish what was man­dated.

This rev­enue is used to sup­port lo­cal ar­eas through grants-in-aid for snow­mo­bile trail de­vel­op­ment and main­te­nance.

OPRHP works closely with the New York State Snow­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion (NYSSA). NYSSA rep­re­sents over 200 snow­mo­bile clubs and acts as an ad­vo­cacy and ad­vi­sory or­ga­ni­za­tion for the snow­mo­bile clubs it rep­re­sents. OPRHP is also a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Snow­mo­bile Ad­min­is­tra­tors (IASA).

PHOTO PRO­VIDED

Cour­ses are taught by ex­pe­ri­enced snow­mo­bil­ers who vol­un­teer their time to make the sport safer and more en­joy­able for every­one. They are usu­ally spon­sored by snow­mo­bile clubs, agri­cul­tural ex­ten­sion of­fices, law en­force­ment agen­cies, or sim­i­lar groups, and are avail­able in fall and early win­ter.

PHOTO PRO­VIDED

New York State is a leader in snow­mo­bile ed­u­ca­tion and of­fers one op­er­a­tor train­ing course for snow­mo­bil­ers of all ages be­gin­ning at age 10. This course pro­vides fun­da­men­tal in­for­ma­tion which all snow­mo­bil­ers should pos­sess in or­der to en­sure the safety of riders and other trail users.

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