It’s officially Snowmobile Safety Week, and local OPP will be checking riders to make sure they’re staying safe and obeying the rules. The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs and the OPP are teaming up to reduce injury and deaths from sledding, backed by some serious numbers. The OPP and the OFSC says there were 15 fatalities reported in relation to snow mobiling in Ontario last year. Police says the top three causes of injury or death have consistently been from drinking or doing drugs, high speed in less than favourable conditions and riding at night.

The OFSC says those numbers have gradually dropped in the past two years, showing the impact of proper awareness. The OPP says the driving public should also be cautious of sledders near highway shoulders and at marked crossings.

(Written by: Greg Rosser)