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Previously I wrote about the DNR tips for snowmobile riding. It is important to be aware of a very informative St Cloud Times editorial which was reprinted by the Minneapolis Tribune about the Snowmobilers' Code of Ethics,

Snowmobilers' code of ethics

1. I will be a good sports enthusiast. I recognize that people judge all snowmobile owners by my actions. I will use my influence with other snowmobile owners to promote fair conduct.

2. I will not litter on trails or camping areas. I will not pollute lakes or streams.

3. I will not damage living trees, shrubs, or other natural features. I will go out only when there is sufficient snow so that I will not damage the land.

4. I will respect other people's property and rights.

5. I will lend a helping hand when I see someone in distress.

6. I will make myself and my vehicle available to assist search and rescue parties.

7. I will not interfere with or harass hikers, skiers, snowshoers, ice anglers, or other winter sports enthusiasts. I will respect their rights to enjoy our recreation facilities.

8. I will know and obey all federal, state/provincial and local rules regulating the operation of snowmobiles in areas where I use my vehicle. I will inform officials when using public lands.

9. I will not harass wildlife. I will avoid areas posted for the protection or feeding of wildlife.

10. I will stay on marked trails or marked roads open to snowmobiles. I will not snowmobile where prohibited.

As the editorial points out, Minnesota has $1 billion-a-year sledding industry, 253,000-plus registered snowmobiles. With the amount of snow we have had already, it's important that new and long time riders pay attention to safety.

If you are in a snowmobile accident , it's important that you get medical help right away. If you have questions, contact an experienced Personal Injury lawyer who has dealt with these type of cases. As always, make sure you talk to someone knowledgeable before you sign off on a claim or give away the rights of your children.

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