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(ELLIOT LAKE, ON) – On January 8, 2017, members of the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a snowmobile encounter between two snowmobiles on a local trail.

At 4:02 p.m., a man and his daughter were riding their snowmobile on EL-2 trail.  An approaching snowmobile met them at a high rate of speed on the wrong side of the trail. This caused the man and his daughter to drive off the trail in order to avoid a collision.  There were no injuries and the suspect snowmobile did not stop.  It is described as a newer model black with orange Ski Doo Rev. 

The East Algoma OPP is reminding snowmobilers to ride safely for an enjoyable winter season.  Snowmobiling is one of the joys of a Canadian winter, but not taking the necessary precautions can quickly result in tragedy.  The Ministry of Transportation report that every winter about 30 people are killed and another 1,126 are injured while snowmobiling in Ontario. 

The OPP is committed to saving lives on Ontario’s highways, trails and waterways through high visibility patrols and enforcement in order to reduce preventable injuries and death.  Officers will be out in full force with RADAR units conducting speed enforcement on Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Club trails.  The OPP would like to remind snowmobile operators the speed limit is 50km/h on the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) trails and 20km/h on city streets.

For further information on safe snowmobiling and trails in Ontario please refer to the OFSC website at www.ofsc.on.ca or www.opp.ca

Any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online at www.tipsubmit.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.