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DNR encourages snowmobile operators to drive safely

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 at 11:42 am

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages snowmobile operators to drive safely and drive smart this winter. Drivers should also be aware of potential hazards and use good judgment. These are important reminders in observance of International Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week Jan. 10-16.

Snowmobile operators should also make sure they complete a snowmobile safety course. To legally ride a snowmobile in Minnesota, residents born after Dec. 31, 1976, need a valid snowmobile safety certificate.

There are two ways to earn a certificate:

* At a traditional classroom course taught in local communities by volunteers, available to anyone 11 or older; course dates and locations are available on the DNR Web site at www.mndnr.gov or by calling 800-366-8917.
* From a DNR Adult or Youth Snowmobile Safety CD-ROM (for PC and MAC), available for those 16 or older by calling 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-MINNDNR (646-6367),
or by e-mailing info@dnr.state.mn.us.

A copy of DNR’s 2009-2010 Minnesota Snowmobile Safety Laws, Rules, and Regulations handbook is available by calling the above phone numbers or on the DNR’s Web site at www.mndnr.gov.

More than 1,800 volunteer instructors teach DNR snowmobile safety courses across the state.

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