BETTER TRAILS...driver safety linked to trails

Jan 27, 1997
Karen Louise Boothe

State lawmakers are getting involved in snowmobile safety issues after the deaths of more than two dozen people this winter. A House Committee has heard testimony from D-N-R officials and leaders of the Minnesota United Snowmobile Association who say driver safety and trail QUALITY are two inextricably linked issues. Minnesota Public Radio's Karen-Louise Boothe reports from the capitol. Officials say the deaths this year are not an anomoly, but are part of a rising toll among snowmobilers over the last ten years. WHY? there are a handful of reasons. First, there's been a 35-percent increase in ridership since 1990 alone. New technology and design has led to bigger, faster and BE