Snowmobiling requires constant care, caution and attention. Don't drink and ride. Even small amounts of alcohol can impair your perception, slow your reaction time and limit your ability to control your sled at that critical moment when your life is in the balance. Alcohol is involved in over 70% of snowmobiling fatalities.
Moreover, snowmobiling often takes you to remote areas miles from help, increasing your risk of permanent injury or death after an accident. And contrary to popular opinion, alcohol increases your susceptibility to cold & hypothermia. This will decrease your chances of survival if you have to wait long for help to arrive.
Finally, operating your sled under the influence of alcohol is punishable under the Criminal Code of Canada. If convicted of driving a snowmobile while impaired, you will lose all driving privileges (car, truck, motorcycle, off-road vehicles and snowmobile) Therefore if you drink and ride both your driver's license and insurability are at risk.
The Snowmobile Trail Officer Patrol (S.T.O.P.) officers are trained volunteers empowered to enforce the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act. This OFSC program is continuing to expand into many communities in Ontario. Keep your wits about you. Don't Drink and Ride.