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Tips for staying safe on your snowmobile this weekend

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In a normal winter David Rindfield says he'd have put 400 or 500 miles on his snowmobile by now.  But this year he said, "think I got 30 miles this season."  Now that there's finally snow he's ready to rack up some more miles.  He visited Glenwood Snowmobile Friday to pick up some parts for his snowmobile.  "10 of us are going out tomorrow," said Rindfield.

He's not the only one excited to get out and ride in the snow.  Vice President of Glenwood Snowmobile Jim Stanek says with all the snow this week they've had a lot of customers, "probably 50 to 75 more the last couple days than we had without snow.  so it's been busy, yeah it's been busy."

Since so many people are planning on hitting the snowmobile trails this weekend the Berrien County Sheriff's Department will be out there too making sure you stay safe.  Paul Toliver, Captain with the Berrien County Sheriff's Department said, "The big thing is don't drink and sled, it's just like drinking and driving, that's huge."  This week is their first time patrolling on snowmobiles this season and since it's likely your first time too he wants you to keep this in mind, "take it easy, take it slow for the first couple times out.  Make sure you give yourself enough space between the person in front of you.  These things can be dangerous if not operated properly"

It's all to make sure your fun in the snow isn't spoiled with an accident.  Because Rindfield and everyone else just wants to have a good time.  "We're gonna do a field race on Sunday.  Everybody gets together we got a group probably have 30-40 sleds just go out everybody has a good time and gives us something to do other than sit in our garage and polish em and work on them," said Rindfield.

If you're going out on your snowmobile this weekend another thing to remember is that you need registration and trail permits.

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