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Local snowmobile safety class

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I am with WNY Snowmobile Club of Boston.

New York state has more than 10,000 miles of groomed trails each winter, making safety an important part of the ride. Ride smart from the start. Take a snowmobile safety course. Buffalo winters are very unpredictable and, when we receive enough snow for snowmobiling, everyone is anxious to ride.

Courses should be taken before the snow arrives. Besides teaching basic safety principles, the course attempts to develop the proper attitude of respect for the student’s personal safety and safety of fellow person and the environment.

The development of this respect and correct safety procedures are essential, if snowmobiling is to continue to grow and give hours of enjoyment as a leisure time, recreational activity in New York.

The New York State Snowmobile Education Course consists of a minimum eight hours of instruction. These courses cover the basics in maintenance and repair of snowmobiles, proper and safe operation, history of snowmobiling, first aid, protection of the environment and the state laws.

Persons completing the minimum eight hours of instruction and successfully completing the final examination will receive a certificate of competency and a safe rider patch.

Who must take the course?

State law was passed that requires persons at least 10 years of age and less than 14 years of age may operate a snowmobile only if they have, in possession, a valid Snowmobile Safety Education Certificate of Competency and they are accompanied by a parent or guardian or person at least 18 years of age, designated by a parent or guardian.

State law says persons 14 years of age and less than 18 years of age may operate a snowmobile only if:

– They have in possession a valid Snowmobile Safety Education Certificate of Competency or

– They are accompanied by a parent or guardian or person at least 18 years of age, designated by a parent or guardian.

WNY Snowmobile Club of Boston will be hosting a class and you can take the course on Nov. 17th from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Boston Town Hall (old trooper barracks next to town hall). Lunch provided. Bring a pen, pencil and snack.

Call 716-941-6076 to preregister and leave message with number attending.

Mary James
Springville
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