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Time to Sign Up for Snowmobile Safety Classes in NH

CONCORD, N.H. - Winter is almost here, and snowmobile  education classes are underway across the state.  To operate a snowmobile  in New Hampshire, any person age 12 or older must have either a valid Motor  Vehicle Driver's License or have successfully completed an approved Off-Highway  Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) Safety Education class taught by volunteer  instructors trained by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

Additionally, all children under the age of 14 must be  accompanied by a licensed adult when operating a snowmobile, unless they are on  property belonging to their parents, grandparents or guardians.

Sign up soon if you or someone you know needs a class.  There is no charge for the classes, which are usually completed in a single  day.  Parents are encouraged to attend along with their children.   For a current class schedule, visit   New classes are added as they become available.

"Snowmobiling is a great way for families to have  fun exploring the great outdoors, but riders have a responsibility to obey the  rules of the trails, to be courteous and -- most of all -- to ride  safely," said Captain John Wimsatt, who coordinates Fish and Game's OHRV  Education Program.

Many of the trained volunteer instructors teaching the  safety classes are affiliated with one of the more than 100 snowmobile clubs in  New Hampshire.  "Joining a snowmobile club is a great way to learn about  safe riding, help support local landowners and help maintain trails for your  own and others' enjoyment," Wimsatt said, noting that club membership also  gives riders a $30 discount on snowmobile registration fees.       The New Hampshire Snowmobile Association (NHSA) and its  member clubs have actively promoted safe and responsible riding since  1969.  NHSA members work with Bureau of Trails staff and Fish and Game to  manage over 7,000 miles of trails in New Hampshire and provide safety education  to more than 2,500 riders each year.  For more information on how to  become involved with a snowmobile club, visit

In addition to safety education, this winter Fish and  Game Conservation Officers will use innovative enforcement patrols to detect  and apprehend impaired snowmobile operators, enforce speed limits, deter  unlawful off-trail riding and detect machines with modified exhaust.   These ongoing initiatives will help to keep the state's snowmobile trails safe  for all outdoor enthusiasts during the upcoming season.

Taken from the NH Fish and Game Website

CONTACT: Capt. John Wimsatt: (603) 271-3129 Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211 November 30, 2012

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