Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

December 28, 2012

First snow will bring out snowmobilers

DNR reminds snowmobilers to register their vehicles and make safety a priority

Daily Iowegian

APPANOOSE COUNTY — Now that the first significant snowfall of the year has happened, the DNR wants to remind snowmobilers to brush up on the rules while sled and safety equipment checks are underway, before heading out for some winter fun.

“Winter forgot about Iowa last year, so we could see more than a few operators who have not been out for two years,” said David Downing, ATVā€ˆand Snowmobile coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “We’ve been working with our snowmobiles clubs on rules to benefit the activity and are encouraging operators to get familiar with them.”

Downing said snowmobiles operating onany designated snowmobile trail, public land ot public ice must display a current registration and a DNR user permit. Residents must display the decal and the permit decal on the windshield or near the headligh bezel.

Nonresident snowmobiles much display a current registration decal from their state of residence and a DNR user permit. If planning to operate on public land or ice, make sure machines have a current registration. The DNR use permit must be displayed on the windsheild or near the headlight bezel.

Snowmobile registrations are available at the county recorder’s office. User permits can be purchased from the county recorder or any retailer selling Iowa hunting and fishing licenses.

Riders age 12 to 15 must have a valid snowmobile education certificate and be under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian. Operators age 16 to 17 must have a valid snowmobile education certificate in their possession and must not have the privilege to operate a motor vehicle suspended or revoked.

Snowmobiles operating on a public highway, includigng the ditch and city streets, must be covered by liability insurance. Upon request from any peace officer, the operator must provice proof of liability insurance coverage.

Operators are prohibited from driving a snowmobile upon the surface of any public water in a maneuver known as waterskipping. Waterskipping means operating a snowmobile on the surface of water using the skis, track and bottom surface area of the snowmobile for flotation while the snowmobile is in motion. This does not apply to operating on rivers and streams between Nov. 1 and April 1.