Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

January 26, 2007

For Release: Immediate
Press Contact:
Wendy Gibson
Catherine Jimenez

State Parks Reminds Snowmobilers To Ride Safely

Sled Operators Are Encouraged to Ride with Caution

(ALBANY, NY... January 26, 2007) New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Acting Commissioner Carol Ash today reminded snowmobilers to exercise caution, adhere to best practices, and ride safely when experiencing the more than 11,000 miles of state-designated snowmobile trails throughout the Empire State.

"The late arrival of snow has many snowmobilers and winter enthusiasts heading out on the trails for the first time this season," said Commissioner Ash. "For riders of all ages, it is important to underscore the need for courteous and safe operation of these machines while enjoying New York's magnificent outdoors and all the recreational opportunities available with the recent snowfall."

New York State Park Police Chief James Warwick also urged riders to stay on marked trails, always wear an approved helmet, never operate a snowmobile after consuming alcohol and obey posted speed limits. Beginning this year, the maximum speed of 55 miles per hour applies to all snowmobiles, and riders are encouraged to factor in the weather and trail conditions.

Last year, the leading cause (96%) of reported snowmobile accidents was excessive speed. In addition, alcohol was a factor in 29% of all snowmobile fatalities last year. Last season, there were fourteen fatal snowmobile accidents across New York.

Information on snowmobile safety and safety courses is available at or by calling 518.474.0446.