Winter has been a bit tardy this year, but when it does arrive and people get out to enjoy it, they’re being reminded to stay safe.
STARS and the Saskatchewan Snowmobiling Association (Sask Snow) is highlighting the importance of letting people know where you are going, wearing a helmet, and, where possible, carrying a GPS device.
Statistics show 50,000 snowmobilers hit the trails each winter. Alcohol and speed are the two leading factors in snowmobile accidents, incidents, injuries, and fatalities. Sask Snow warns riders not to drink and ride, and to slow down.
Kyle Cooper knows all too well the dangers. In 2014 Cooper was seriously hurt in a snowmobiling accident. Suffering with broken hips on Pasqua Lake, he was helped by STARS who made their first ice landing.
“It gets super bright out, you’re going fairly fast and a snow drift comes up and you can’t really see it going that fast and before you know it, you hit it and you lose control,” he told reporters Tuesday. “Be careful, slow down if you aren’t aware of the terrain, there is stuff hidden everywhere.”
Cooper doesn’t think he would be here if it wasn’t for the quick response of the STARS crew.
Sask Snow offers a safety course, you can find details here.