Are you ready?

Dear editor:
The snow has arrived and the snowmobile season is here. Are you ready, and parents are your kids legal?
In Ontario, you must be at least 12 years of age and have a snowmobile driver’s permit to drive off your own property. To ride on a road, or even cross a road, you must be at least 16 and have a valid driver’s licence.
Riding off your own property, your snowmobile must have valid registration, insurance, and, if you are on a OFSC-groomed trail, a current provincial trail permit.
Fines can be high: invalid registration $110, no insurance up to $5,000, riding an OFSC trail with no permit $240 (plus a trespassing fine $65).
Parents, ask your kids where they are riding, and encourage them to respect private property and the rules of the road so we all can enjoy a future of riding without restrictions.
Snowmobiling is a great way to enjoy our local scenery and attractions. It is a great family sport, as well.
Get involved, join your local snowmobile club, and have a safe winter.
Dave Goodman
Snowmobile Club