Several charges laid under Motorized Snow Vehicle Act

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Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the OPP have been involved in an initiative to deal with complaints of speeding motorized snow vehicles (MSV’s) on Murray Road in the Town of Penetanguishene.

OFSCA trail 303A runs along Murray Road in close proximity to many residential homes. The OPP would like to remind snowmobile operators to be respectful of the residents and obstacles in the area for their safety and the safety of others.

During the period of January 18 to January 24 officers from the Southern Georgian Bay OPP checked 181 snowmobiles and laid 14 charges under the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act in this this focused area. The various charges laid include, Speeding, Expired Permit, Fail to Surrender Licence, Fail to Surrender Insurance, Operate MSV with no insurance.

Where snowmobiling on the side of a public road is legal and necessary to access trails, you should always:

  • Adjust your speed to the conditions.
  • Watch out for parked vehicles and motor vehicles emerging from driveways.
  • Always give motor vehicles the right of way.
  • Be extra cautious when approaching intersections.
  • Observe and respect all traffic signs.
  • Slow down wherever snow banks obstruct your view.

The motoring public is also being reminded to watch for snowmobiles along roads or those that cross roads at snowmobile trails.

The Southern Georgian bay OPP have officers dedicated to the enforcement of the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act. They will be patrolling the area trails and roads on a daily basis on marked OPP snowmobiles. The OPP and OFSC is committed to promoting safe and responsible riding, on and off Ontario snowmobile trails, by building safer snowmobiling. Proactive initiatives provide education, knowledge and enforcement to the public. For more information, visit:

Safe and Responsible Snowmobiling

Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs

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