Police cracking down on snowmobilers breaking the law

Published on February 15, 2016
Participants in the 2014 Celebration Ride hit the snowmobile trails on Wednesday. The ride across the province goes all week. Guardian photo by Mary MacKay
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.