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Today In our #TuesdayBlog: precautions During Winter Fun

Take Precautions During Winter Fun

One thing that many people realize – and others need a reminder – is that driving is a privilege. We have to earn that privilege and it can be taken away from us at any given moment. For many people, driving can become a lot of fun. That fun while driving does not just happen with on-road vehicles. In the winter season, driving a snowmobile is a pastime enjoyed by many people, but you should know there are rules for this as well, especially when alcohol is involved.

With all the excitement that snowmobiling brings, even the most experienced riders will sometimes overlook their own safety. This is especially true when it comes to driving under the influence of alcohol. While many people might think that snowmobiling and having a few alcoholic drinks go hand in hand, alcohol and snowmobiling is a very dangerous combination.

It is important for all riders to remember that in the eyes of the government, snowmobiles are considered a motorized off-road vehicle. What this means is that they are prohibited from being driven on any established motorways and cannot be operated while impaired by alcohol. If convicted, you can get a criminal charge for driving a snowmobile while intoxicated. That’s never a good thing.

As much as we hear about how risky and dangerous it is to get behind the wheel of a car after having a few drinks, you also should never consider driving a snowmobile or riding on a snowmobile if the driver has been consuming any alcohol. Alcohol can have a serious and dangerous influence on someone’s reaction time, their operating conditions and decision-making skills are also affected. These changes to individuals who have consumed alcohol can have serious and sometimes fatal consequences. Not just for the driver but also for any other riders.

It should be said that it is dangerous and illegal to operate a snowmobile while impaired by alcohol, drugs or certain medication. If convicted, you would face the same penalties for impaired snowmobiling as you would for operating a motor vehicle if impaired. These penalties would include immediate license suspension or losing your driving privileges of a motor vehicle.

If you are convicted, you may also lose your driving privileges for all types of vehicles, not just a snowmobile. The suspension would include cars, trucks and motorcycles and the suspension could be in effect for at least a year. With this all said and done, there needs to be something that can remind riders of the risks of riding after consuming any amount of alcohol. There is.

As a rider of a snowmobile, part of your gear would include appropriate clothing to prevent hypothermia, your valid permit, an approved snowmobile helmet, proof of insurance, snowmobile registration permit and of course a breathalyzer. Wait, what? A breathalyzer? When you’re out for a weekend of riding with friends, alcohol can easily be part of the experience. However, having a breathalyzer from Not Your Child Corp will let you know when and if you are ready to continue to ride.

These are very easy to use and very cost-effective. When these breathalyzers become part of your snowmobile adventures, they can become part of your regular life adventures as well, including dinner with family or friends, or going to any other events or activities where alcohol is present. It’s really part of the new normal, don’t you think? Using single-use or individual breathalyzers from Not Your Child Corp can be that proof to decide whether you should be riding your snowmobile or wait a little longer. And remember, “When you feel different, you drive different. Drive sober.”



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Scott Marshall has spent over 30 years promoting road safety in many jurisdictions. He has been a road safety journalist since 2005. Scott was also an on-air judge on the Discovery Network's Canada's Worst Driver during their first 3 seasons on the air. Not YourChildCorp. is proud to have Scott @Safedriver as a frequent contributor, his insights are irreplaceable.

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