1.) Never Drink and Drive.................
Many snowmobiling accidents have been the result of alcohol and speed.
Maine now has a tough OUI law with .08 standard. Operators convicted of
operating under the influence face a minimum 48 hours in jail and a $300 dollar
fine; second offenses carry a minimum of 7 days in jail and a $500 fine and
third offenses earn the offender at least 30 days in jail and a $750 fine.
2.) Always operate Your Snowmobile at a Safe
and Reasonable Speed.
Despite the fact your snowmobile is capable
of doing 100 mph, it would be a rare occasion when it would be safe or prudent
to do over 45 mph on the trail. Save your speed for a racetrack!
3.) Be aware of the weather.
Trail conditions can change very quickly
due to the effects of the weather. A trail can be plowed, a pressure ridge on a
lake can develop, or a washout can occur on the trail. Be aware of not only the
current weather conditions, but those of the preceding days and what influence
they may have had on the trails.
4.) Approach every corner, hill and
intersection with caution.
Sled as if another snowmobile will be coming at you on your side of the trail.
On Maine's busy trail systems, you must be prepared to avoid oncoming
5.) Keep an eye on the trail.
Remember, that today's groomed trails may
hold hidden dangers. Colliding with a snow covered stump, a fallen tree or cable
can have fatal results for those who are not prepared to stop. Several accidents
including a fatal, have occurred when large animals wandered onto the trail.
You Are Responsible........................
If you have the misfortune of being
involved in a snowmobile accident, you are responsible for reporting it to
the nearest law enforcement officer. If you are the operator and there are
injuries that require medical attention or result in a fatality and /or
property damage which exceeds $1,000.
* Never consume alcohol or drugs before or during a ride
* Become familiar with the snowmobile you ride
* Operate at safe and reasonable speeds and within your own abilities and
* Avoid traveling on unfamiliar frozen bodies of water
* Use extreme caution at night
* Keep your snowmobile properly maintained, inspect it regularly and learn to do
basic repairs on your own.
* Reduce speed on unfamiliar territory
* Check the weather forecast before you leave
* Always wear an approved helmet and suitable clothing
* Never ride alone, and let someone know where you are going and when you plan
* Carry emergency supplies and learn basic survival skills and keep the
necessary extras on your snowmobile at all times. (belts, plugs, bulbs, tool
* Stay on the right side of the trail
* Use extra caution when crossing roadways and railways
* Wear flotation type devices or clothing
* Never ride on railway tracks
* Never ride alone
* Never leave children unsupervised on "kiddie snowmobiles"
* Take a snowmobile safety course
Eileen Lafland, the Maine Snowmobile
Association Safety Chair, is a valuable resource for snowmobile safety and can
be reached at (207) 989-6472 or via
Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Snowmobile Safety Coordinators
To schedule a snowmobile safety course
for your club or community, contact the IF & W Snowmobile Safety Coordinator in
your county listed below. For a schedule of snowmobile safety classes
check here. If you need more info, call the Inland
Fisheries and Wildlife Safety Office at 207-287-5220.
Sagadahoc / Lincoln:
Telephone (207) 442-8421
Cumberland / York
Telephone (207) 655-7757
Kennebec / Androscoggin:
Telephone (207) 622-4679
Washington / Hancock
Telephone (207) 796-2282
Waldo / Hancock
Telephone (207) 325-9169
Telephone (207) 284-4692
Telephone (207) 325-9169
Penobscot / Piscatiquis / Northern Somerset
Telephone (207) 876-3497
Telephone (207) 743-6290
Telephone (207) 532-5658
The Maine Warden Service at:
Gray (207) 657-2345
The Maine State Police at:
Statewide Cellular *77
message is brought to you by:
Maine Warden Service
Maine Snowmobile Association
Maine Department of Conservation