The Snowmobiling season has just begun, yet complaints of theft or attempted theft of snow machines have already been reported to local Police.
If you own a snow machine and must leave it outdoors it is recommended that the machine be secured with proper cables and be left in a manner that suspects cannot simply start the machine and drive off with your sled. Lock It or Lose It
The partners in the local S.T.O.P. program, (Greater Sudbury Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police & O.F.S.C.) have been out in on local Snowmobile trails, lakes attempting to make the trails, lakes and roads safer for the snowmobile public in the Greater Sudbury Area.
The Traffic Management Unit of the Greater Sudbury has begun to receive complaints of snowmobiles speeding, illegal mufflers, trespassing and generally driving carelessly.
The public is reminded that they must have insurance, validation, a trail permit their ownership and drivers licence with them at all times when operating a motorized snow vehicle and produce upon demand of a police officer.
Anyone caught trespassing on private property, or city property where prohibited with a motorized snow vehicle will be charged with trespassing. Bylaws state that no motorized snow vehicle shall be operated between the hours of 12 midnight and 7 am.
When operating a motorized snow vehicle on a highway with a posted speed limit of 50 km/h no person shall drive at a speed greater than 20 km/h and when on a highway with a greater speed limit of 50 km/h the maximum allowable speed is 50 km/h.
No person shall operate a motorized snow vehicle along or across a highway unless they have attained the age of sixteen and hold a valid Ontario drivers licence, or motorized snow vehicle licence.
No person shall operate a motorized snow vehicle along a trail unless they have attained the age of 12 and hold a drivers licence or motorized snow vehicle operator’s licence.
It is critical to evalute the ice quality and type before travelling. Sufficient clear hard new ice is the only kind of ice recommended for travel. Before venturing out on local lakes and rivers contact individuals who have knowledge of those bodies of water to confirm that there is enough ice to sustain snow machines and their riders - it could save your life and the life of others.
Make someone aware of your destination and expected time of return - avoid making trips alone.
Follow the speed limit and do not override your headlight.
Snowmobiling and alcohol don’t mix. If you drink don't drive. The partners will continue to patrol area trails and lakes in an attempt to stop drinking and riding and to keep our trails safe. Speed and alcohol are the highest contributing factors in most fatal collisions. Ride Safe – Ride Sober - Arrive Alive.
If you have any information about any serious crime, please call Crime Stoppers.
If your tip leads to an arrest or recovery of property or narcotics
you may be eligible for a cash reward.
You will never have to give your name or testify in court and Crime Stoppers doesn’t have call display or call trace.
Call Crime Stoppers locally at
222-TIPS (8477) or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS
Text TIPSUD and your message to CRIMES (274637)