Michigan Trailing Other States In Snowmobile Safety

By: Detroit Free Press
By: Detroit Free Press

There may be fewer snowmobilers on the trails due to the recession and high gas prices, but that hasn't cut down on the fatalities.
In a new study by the Detroit Free Press, crash data shows that 130 snowmobilers have been killed, and many more injured.
Unlike states that have been able to reduce snowmobile deaths, Michigan doesn't have set speed limits nor has it lowered the blood alcohol level at which a snowmobiler is considered drunk.
The state has also experienced budget cuts which means enforcement of snowmobile laws has declined.
Thousands safely enjoy the sport, and it brings big business to Michigan.
Speed is the major factor in snowmobile accidents and death.


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  • by Gary on Feb 26, 2011 at 04:00 PM
    Come on wilx, Tell the whole story because somthing is missing. 130 deaths over how many years? We average 12 Deaths a year. Thats a chance you take doing any sport. If you dont want a risk stay on the couch and takd a risk for a heartattack because your lazzyyyyy
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2011 at 03:41 PM
    so is this saying michigan has the highest death total, because if so, SO WHAT! Michigan is one of the coldest states and is far north, only alaska would beat it out and because they have snow all year round they probably are smarter about it! Basically if more people ride them in michigan than any other state then of course more people will die on them than any other state!
  • by John Location: Eaton rapids on Feb 26, 2011 at 07:54 AM
    Not to mention michigan trails are limited and undergroomed. Which leads to a higher death and injury toll. I would be willing to bet that more then 80% of death and injuries happen on private property or feild hopping due to lack of trailways.
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