State law now requires snowmobile safety certificate

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 2/10/98.

To aide snowmobilers in meeting the demands of a new state law, a second snowmobile training course will be starting tomorrow, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Paynesville Area High School.

Under a new law passed by the Minnesota Legislature during the last session, effective Oct. 1, 1998, persons born after Dec. 31, 1976, must possess a snowmobile safety certificate or they cannot drive a snowmobile on public property.

Paynesville normally holds their snowmobile safety course in the fall, but due to the new law, a second course will be offered. The course will be held Feb. 12, 16, and 19 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the seminar room at the high school.

ďMany insurance companies are not insuring drivers who have not completed a course,Ē Bob Brauchler, safety instructor, said

Also under the new law: snowmobile safety training is required for certain convictions; loss of driverís license upon second conviction of operation while intoxicated, and helmets are required for persons under 18 years of age.

For further information or to register for the safety training course, contact the Paynesville Community Education office, 320-243-7570. Cost of the course is $6.

Things to know:
• Snowmobile course: Feb. 12, 16, and 19
• Time: 6:30 to 9 p.m.
• Where: Seminar room at high school.
• Cost: $6
• Payable to: Community Education
• Field test: When time andweather permits.
• Why: New state law requires anyone born after Dec. 31, 1976, to take a safety training course.

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