‘Slow down’: Snowmobile safety emphasized in Cayuga County

A snowmobile safety course was put on by the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office at the Ira Fire Department on Sunday to help youth get their New York state Snowmobile Safety Certificates.

“The main thing we always try to stress (in the course) is to slow down, operate at safe speeds, and to stay on the trails,” Corporal Glen Dudley said.

Most frequently, accidents involve someone on a trail losing control due to ice or high speed and then going off the trail and striking another object, like a tree, Dudley said. He added that accidents are also far more likely to take place when off the trails.

“On a trail you should be in pretty good shape.”

Accidents in Cayuga County are “not very common, but not unheard of,” Dudley said.

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