Be safe while sledding this winter

RAY BROOK- Officials with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation remind snowmobilers to exercise caution and refrain from drinking alcohol before and during their ride as they enjoy the state's abundant snowmobiling opportunities.

The state snowmobile trail system is expected to open over the next few weeks as conditions warrant.

Andy Beers is acting commissioner of the parks office.

"Our 10,500 miles of state-designated snowmobile trails make New York State an unmatched destination for snowmobiling," he said.

"The best way to enjoy this incredible network is to do so safely. Travel at a speed that is appropriate for trail conditions and avoid drinking any alcohol whatsoever until the snowmobile is parked for the day. Zero alcohol is the only choice to make snowmobiling safer."

State Parks Police Chief Richard O'Donnell says his agency will strictly enforce speed limits and intoxication laws, as well as check for proper registration.

"We will make every effort to ensure a safe and enjoyable recreational snowmobile season for riders, the landowners who host the trail system and motorists who encounter snowmobiles at road crossings and trailheads," he said.

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