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Snowmobilers Are Taking Full Advantage of Recent Snow, But, Don't Forget Safety
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It really depends on the person when they see all of the recent snow as to how they will react.

For many of us it means getting out the shovels and snow blowers. For kids it may mean no school and a chance to find the nearest hill to go sledding. For others it means getting out the snowmobile and taking it for a drive around the countryside through the fluffy winter wonderland.

Illinois Conservation Police Officer for the Sauk Valley area is Steve Beltran. Officer Beltran says people have been chomping at the bit, so to speak, just waiting for this type of snow storm and he has seen people taking advantage of it.

Beltran says they love it when people will get outdoors and enjoy the fresh powder. He also says if you do not want a sudden visit to the emergency room, you need to follow all the proper rules and regulations.

First off, Beltran says you need to wear proper clothing because you can get frostbite in just a few minutes in this weather.

He further wanted to remind riders they need all the same things to operate a snowmobile as you would if you were driving a car. Speaking of cars, automobile drivers need to watch out for snowmobilers too.

Beltran says they deal with a couple of injuries per weekend when snowmobilers are riding. Recently, two persons were injured in a snowmobile accident near Rochelle.

Beltran says riders need to watch and stay on the trails. Many clubs will mark trails and people need to follow them so you do not have a run in with a buried piece of equipment or snow covered fence.

He went on to say the Conservation Police will be out riding the countryside too. He wanted snowmobilers they will not only keeping an eye on you from their vehicles, but, they will have officers on snowmobiles too.

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