Snowmobile safety courses designed to keep people riding, says instructor

Considering more than 80 percent of the trails in New York State traverse private property, said Robare, another thing he focuses on in his course is operator courtesy.

"Riding is a privilege," said Robare. "That's why we talk about courtesy. Sure, you can litter on these trails, but don't be surprised next year when they're closed."

Robare also emphasized New York State law requires youths between the ages of 10 and 18 must first complete a certified snowmobile safety course in order to operate a snowmobile on any property other than that owned by their parents or guardians.

"Unfortunately, a lot of people are out there breaking the law," said Robare.

The Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department will sponsor Robare's next state-certified snowmobile safety course which will be held over two days, Monday, Dec. 27, and Friday, Dec. 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. The course will be held at the Town of Plattsburgh Office Building, 151 Banker Road, Plattsburgh, and will be open to any Clinton County youth between ages 10 and 18, who wishes to complete the course and receive a safety certificate.

There is no fee for the course. Participants must attend both sessions.

Those wishing to take the course must register prior to Wednesday, Dec. 22, by calling the recreation department at 562-6860, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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