CAROGA, N.Y. (NEWS10) — While snowmobiling patrolling on trails in Caroga, two environmental conservation officers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) responded to two dangerous snowmobile incidents. Both took place Saturday, January 23.
First, they encountered a snowmobile that was on fire. They reported that the operator was uninjured, but the vehicle was destroyed.
Next, they were flagged down for an accident. A snowmobile went off the trails and crashed into the trees, ultimately sending the driver to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
The DEC said it’s important to remember snowmobile safety when riding. Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “Year after year, snowmobiling continues to be one of New York State’s most popular winter activities and we encourage outdoor enthusiasts to check out the abundant trails available close to home.”
Check out the DEC’s safety recommendations for snowmobiles:
- Make sure the snowmobile is working and stocked with emergency supplies before setting off
- Wear a DOT- or SNELL-approved helmet
- Wear the proper snowmobile gear including bibs, jackets, boots, and gloves
- Ride with a buddy or at least one other person
- Ride to the right side of the trail
- Respect landowners, obey posted signs, and stay on the marked trail
- Only ride on ice with extreme caution, and consider wearing a suit with flotation built-in
- Do not speed
- Do not drink alcohol or use drugs
- Ride responsibly and within your abilities