Despite increased safety standards and regulations designed to make snowmobiling safer, accidents continue to claim the lives of snowmobilers in Michigan at an alarming rate. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, last year 22 snowmobilers were killed in 603 accidents, up from 13 fatalities in the 1992-93 season.
What:s even more alarming is the number of snowmobilers killed in Michigan as compared to the rest of the nation. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that during the 1991-92 winter season there were 65 snowmobile fatalities in the nation; 17 of these fatal accidents occurred in Michigan.
In addition to fatalities, there were 1,064 personal injuries during this three-year period.
There are too many variables to identify a single reason for the increased number of accidents last year as compared to previous years. What is known is that in almost all accidents the operator likely used poor judgement such as driving too fast for the situation, alcohol or drug usage, riding on thin ice, etc.
The following safe snowmobiling rules will help reduce the risks you take while still enjoying this fast-paced recreational activity.
Consumer Product Safety Alert - 009403.
This document is part of the Safety News Series, Agricultural Engineering Department, Michigan State University Extension, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824-1323. Publication date: January 1995.
Howard J. Doss, Safety Leader, Agricultural Engineering Department, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1323.
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