Police cracking down on snowmobilers breaking the law

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A snowmobiler rides a portion of the Confederation Trail in this Guardian file photo. Guardian photo by Mary MacKay

During a recent operation, Queens district RCMP and the Department of Justice’s public safety division, stopped several snowmobile drivers on the Confederation Trail and issued an equipment ticket and a seven day suspension.

Law enforcement agencies across the Island are checking snowmobile operators to ensure they are driving their machines safely and sober.

“Impaired driving continues to be a concern not only on Island roadways, but also on trails,” said the RCMP in a news release issued Monday.

 RCMP said that all snowmobile drivers need to be aware that driving while impaired carries the same penalties as operating an automobile drunk.

 “Snowmobiling is a great way to enjoy the many trails throughout Prince Edward Island during the winter, but it is very important that all operators follow proper operating regulations to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all riders as well as the general public,” the RCMP statement said.

Police also are reminding snowmobilers that they are only permitted on the Confederation Trail, and other trails that are part of the PEI Snowmobile Association's system, if they have a permit that can be purchased at any Access P.E.I. location.

 Failure to have a permit could result in a $500 fine.

Organizations: RCMP, Department of Justice, PEI Snowmobile Association

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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  • Enjoy life
    February 20, 2016 - 17:26

    I love to see the snowmobiles go by my house in clear view, they always wave and are polite! Keep on going guys great to see!!!

  • Rude
    February 16, 2016 - 10:12

    Some not all are rude ..especially on the trail they seem to amp up the noise by accelerating hard on the gas on purpose .. This scares dog walkers as well as children ..

  • Mike Mouse
    February 16, 2016 - 06:44

    You leave the skidooers alone buddy, they only have a few weeks to play in da snow and if da weder is no good they can only drive on the grass an dats no fun.

  • New Sledder !!
    February 15, 2016 - 23:21

    Islander Day--a day to take the family sledding ! How do you teach these fast drivers to slow down on the Trails?? Way too much speeding today ! Where are you going in such a hurry ? Do you want to kill someone, possibly a child ? The Trails are too narrow to speed by your approaching machine! PLEASE SLOW DOWN ON THE TRAILS !!

  • The Drunken sledder
    February 15, 2016 - 21:06

    I dar them to try and catch me leaving Reds wide open for Murray River . Ha ha ha I be hammered evry tyme i git on er ....

  • jill
    February 15, 2016 - 19:14

    Start with cars on the road first. The need is greater there.

  • david
    February 15, 2016 - 16:36

    About time they done something about this. The amount of people drinking and driving on snowmobiles is staggering to anyone who uses the trails. There are private drinking clubs all along the trails and everyone knows the cops can't do nothing about them because their cars don't work so well on the trails. Even the amount of people who stop at local bars for food an drinks the bars don't care about them or how much they drink. If the cops actually set up on the trails checking people's breath they would catch hundreds of over the limits snowmobilers on any given weekend.

    • holly clark
      February 16, 2016 - 02:34

      Thank you David, for telling it like it is. It seems every year a snowmobiler or two is killed. Is alcohol a factor? I suspect so/ Why can't people enjoy life and our beautiful Island without being wasted on alcohol? Very disturbing culture.

  • Pay the fiddler
    February 15, 2016 - 16:08

    What is the sense of having a fine if they are not going to use it ? People were caught here last year and let go when the fine was smaller , do you have to "KNOW" someone to skate free ? "Could result in a fine" , I guess that says it all . Collect the fines and reduce the cost of the trail fee !

  • frusterated
    February 15, 2016 - 11:12

    We have a group of snowmobiles in the clearview estates subdivision that regularly drink and tear up the fields and lawns of the neighbors and farmers around. I think the Stratford RCMP should patrol these areas as well as these crack heads are ruining the sport for everyone.

    • Angry Dad
      February 15, 2016 - 18:40

      Boo Hoo..... The police aren't allowed on these named properties any more than the people who are already on them. If you're not the owner then you can't complain about giving a fine to someone on non-public land. Police are NOT paid to patrol privately (PEISA) operated snowmobile trails. The snowmobile association should be solely responsible for their own policing of trails, that's their gig. Everyone uses highways, very few in comparison use the snowmobile trails . This would be just like having an RCMP officer working the door at the bar instead of a hired bouncer. I'd bet none of the complainers on here even operate a sled now that I think of it..... This is just another money grab from a government funded group (PEISA) who was given(equipment, trails, money) use of a trail that's paid for completely by the taxpayers and then demands that you must have a permit to use the trail or else pay again. I'm just disgusted with the way things are going on PEI. Absolutely no need of 3/4's of the BS rules and regulations made. Best of luck to everyone just getting by !!!