Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
Tracy Feinauer: (603) 271-3129
October 27, 2005
Sign Up for Snowmobile Safety Class
CONCORD, N.H. -- Winter fun is right around the corner, and now is the time to get in on free snowmobile education classes offered across the state. To operate a snowmobile across or within a public way, any person over the age of 12 must have either a valid Motor Vehicle Driver's License or have successfully completed an approved Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) Safety Education class taught by Fish and Game-trained volunteer instructors. Most classes are offered in November and December, with a few in early January. There is no charge for the class, which is usually completed in a single day. Parents are encouraged to sit in and learn, too.
"Snowmobiling is a great way for families to get outside and have fun," said Major Timothy Acerno, who coordinates Fish and Game's OHRV Education Program. "But riders have a responsibility to obey the rules of the trails, to be courteous and -- most of all -- to ride safely."
Many of the trained volunteer instructors teaching
the safety classes are affiliated with one of the more than 100 snowmobile
clubs in New Hampshire. "Joining a snowmobile club is a great way
to learn about safe riding and help maintain trails for your own and others'
enjoyment," Acerno said, noting that club membership also gives riders
a $30 break on snowmobile registration fees.
The New Hampshire Snowmobile Association (NHSA) and its member clubs have actively promoted safe and responsible riding since 1969. NHSA members work with Fish and Game to manage over 6,800 miles of trails in New Hampshire and provide safety education to more than 2,500 children each year. For more information on how to become involved with a snowmobile club, click here to visit NHSA at http://www.nhsa.com.
Acerno noted that children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a licensed adult when operating a snow machine off their parents', grandparents' or guardians' property.
In addition to safety education, this winter Fish and
Game Conservation Officers will continue to use innovative enforcement
patrols to detect and apprehend impaired snowmobile operators, including
use of Preliminary Breath Test machines provided by the New Hampshire
Highway Safety Council. These ongoing initiatives will help to keep the
state's snowmobile trails safe for all outdoor enthusiasts during the