January 16-24, 2016: Snowmobile Safety Week

Whereas, the purpose of Snowmobile Safety Week is to expose people to safe snowmobiling practices and to demonstrate how operating snowmobiles safely can prevent mishaps.  Snowmobiling is a fun and exciting family activity enjoyed by over 4 million people across the United States and Canada.  The sport is a safe and enjoyable form of recreation if done properly and with respect; and,


Whereas, Michigan Snowmobile Association defines safe snowmobiling as the following: never consuming alcohol or drugs before or during snowmobiling, becoming familiar with the snowmobile you ride, operating at safe and reasonable speeds, staying on trails and areas where snowmobiling is permitted, avoiding travel on unfamiliar frozen bodies of water, using extra caution at night, keeping your snowmobile properly maintained, making sure to become familiar with the terrain you travel on, listening to the weather forecast before you leave, always wearing a helmet and proper clothing, never riding alone, always making sure to let someone know where and when you plan to return, carrying emergency supplies, and learning survival skills; and,


Whereas, in 1995 the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association endorsed a campaign titled, Safe Riders! You Make Snowmobiling Safe.  This slogan highlights the industry’s desire to encourage safe snowmobiling.  The campaign also has available a safety training DVD as well as printed audio and video public service announcements for distribution to local newspapers, radio and television stations. These tools are available on the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) website www.snowmobile.org; and,


Whereas, Michigan Snowmobile Association would like to sponsor a safety education course which would result in the certification of participants, work with dealers in the area for a snowmobile safety seminar, and sponsor a safe ride which would provide a way to introduce and promote snowmobiling to community members unfamiliar with the sport;


Now, Therefore, I Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim January 16-24, 2016 as Snowmobile Safety Week in Michigan.