Uptick in Snowmobile Accidents Prompt Saftey Concerns

By KBJR News 1

February 18, 2013 Updated Feb 19, 2013 at 2:03 PM CST

(NNCNOW.com)-- In the middle of the Bayfield peninsula is a slice of pristine wilderness where thrill seekers unite.

"We're just up here to have a good time, and put some miles on the sleds."

Frank Wiebers and his group are taking advantage of a solid snow pack.

While speeding through the northwoods, Wiebers a former firefighter who has seen the destruction of a snowmobile crash says he has to keep safety in mind.

"Stay on the trails and obey all the signs and watch your speed," said Wiebers, sitting on his sled just outside of Washburn, WI.

Simple advice, that when followed can save a life.

"It's all the users' choice of course so when you're on your snowmobile, you are in charge of being safe," said Mary Motiff, who works at the Tourism and Recreation department of Bayfield County. "Don't drink and drive, just like you wouldn't in a car. You need to avoid excessive speed. You need to not make bad decisions when you're not familiar with the terrain like taking risks."

Risks that can land you in a fatal situation that is avoidable.

Officials recommend wearing a life vest, or equipping your sled with a floatation device if your travels bring you on any type of ice.