Proos: Check out Michigan’s Winter Wonderland

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Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. Sen. John Proos is encouraging Southwest Michigan residents to check out snowmobiling resources on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website before heading out on the trails.

“Winter is just around the corner, and snowmobiling is one of an abundance of ways Michigan families and visitors can enjoy Michigan’s winter wonderland,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Michigan is one of the nation’s top snowmobiling destinations, with more than 6,200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails located throughout state and federal forests, and many acres of privately owned lands.

“Materials on snowmobiling in Michigan — from state regulations to trail reports and maps to critical safety tips — are all available on a simple state website, and I encourage everyone planning to head out this year to take advantage of this excellent information.”

The Michigan snowmobiling information is available at www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.

The site includes links to Michigan’s snowmobile regulations and to online safety courses that satisfy the state’s safety education requirement for youth operators.

“Snowmobiling can be fun and exciting, but remember that it is your responsibility to ensure your safety and the safety of your passengers and bystanders,” Proos said. “Excessive speed, inexperience, alcohol use, failure to wear a helmet, unfamiliarity with the terrain, and operating on roadways are some of the most common factors involved in accidents.

“Taking a safety education course could save a life. It is required for youths and highly recommended for all riders.”

Proos said that the state snowmobiling website also includes printable trail maps updated by the DNR, links to several third-party trail reports and a list of helpful safety tips.

“To many Southwest Michigan families, enjoying the state’s outdoors is an important part of our outstanding quality of life,” Proos said. “The snowmobiling resources available can help ensure a safe and wonderful time for the entire family.”

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Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos are available by visiting the senator’s website at: www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.