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Snowmobile safety tips after man falls through local frozen pond

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Snowmobiling Safety

AFTON (WBNG) -- 12 News is taking a look at snowmobile safety after a man in Walton fell through the ice to his death December 6.

President of the Broome County Sno-riders Dennis J. Zevotek has been riding snowmobiles for decades.

He recommends keeping the following tips in mind when hitting the trails.

"Be familiar with your area that you're going to be riding in, have the proper equipment and clothing to stay warm," said Zevotek.

If you're a first time rider, he says before you hit the powder, take a snowmobile safety course.

When you do decide to take a spin, Zevotek says, "don't ride over your head that's the biggest problem I see these days is people get on it and they want to go as fast as they can, there's no sense in it, enjoy the scenery and be careful."

And make sure to stick to the buddy system and when it comes to trails, stick to the ones with proper signage, saying, "you never know what's going to be coming up."

If you find an obstacle on a trail, like a fallen tree, or come across a trail that doesn't have signage, report it to your local club members.

Clubs in our area include:

Julia Gorman

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