December 20, 2011
MADISON - Snowmobilers can help make sure Wisconsin's snowmobile season is a safe one by completing a Department of Natural Resources snowmobile safety course. The courses are taught by certified instructors who provide information about machine safety, responsibilities, ethics, laws and mechanical functions.
Department of Natural Resources snowmobile safety administrator Gary Eddy says the course is beneficial to all ages, but it is a requirement for anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1985 and older than age 12 to operate a snowmobile in Wisconsin.
Those who successfully complete the course receive a certificate that must be carried by snowmobile operators who meet the age requirements while operating the sled. Operators must present the certificate to a law enforcement officer upon request. It also should be noted the age requirement does not apply if the snowmobile is operated on lands owned or leased by the operator's parent or legal guardian.
All Wisconsin recreational safety students must have a Wisconsin DNR Customer ID Number to take any recreational safety class.
To get your number, you may call the DNR Customer Service at 1-888-936-7463 or stop at a DNR Service Center for assistance. /p>
The snowmobile safety course fee is $10 and takes eight hours. The course includes six hours of classroom work and an optional two hours of hands-on snowmobile operation or ride simulation. Anyone age 11 and older may take the course. Please note the safety certificate earned with completion will not become valid until the student turns 12.
Class times and locations vary. People can check the upcoming safety education course calendar on DNR website to find the nearest course.
People who are at least age 16 can complete the course online. There are two online options:
"Make this upcoming snowmobile season safe and enjoyable by completing this important safety course," Eddy says. "Do your part to make the trails safe for all."
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary Eddy - (608) 267-7455