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Police urge caution on area snowmobile trails

OPP officers in the Midland area will be conducting snowmobile RIDE checks
Southern Georgian Bay OPP officers are conducting RIDE checks on snowmobile trails.

Officers from the Southern Georgian Bay OPP detachment and staff of the Mid Ontario Snowmobile Clubs remind snowmobilers that although trail conditions have improved, the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs interactive trail guide should be consulted prior to heading out.

Ice conditions, should you have to venture out on the ice, are very unpredictable with the winter season here in north Simcoe this year. No ice is safe ice and know before you go.

Members of the detachment snowmobile patrol have been out patrolling on area trails and will be checking operators at RIDE checks for signs of impairment. Operators are reminded to check their snow machine validation stickers as the patrol officers note that many machines they have checked so far have expired validation stickers.

If you have to travel out onto an ice surface always remember that no ice is safe ice and you need to be aware of current, past weather conditions and recent commercial ice-breaking activity along with checking with area residents who have local knowledge of ice conditions. The following websites are a must see for those who travel on ice surfaces: Cold Water Boot Camp along with