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Snowmobilers Welcome Weather, Sheriff's Patrol Stays Busy

There's at least one group of Central New Yorkers happy to see more snowfall this week. Snowmobile enthusiasts taking the opportunity to spend more time on the trails and the Oneida County Sheriff's patrol keeping an eye on speed and safety.

There's at least one group of Central New Yorkers happy to see more snowfall this week. Snowmobile enthusiasts taking the opportunity to spend more time on the trails and the Oneida County Sheriff's patrol keeping an eye on speed and safety.
"Well, I enjoy living up here in Upstate New York, I enjoy the change of seasons and getting out whenever we can," said Tom Rogers, president of the snowmobile club, Deerfield Snow Trails
Getting out on hundreds of miles of trails maintained by volunteer clubs across the state.
"We have a dedicated crew of tail conditioning people who make sure the trail is right make sure the trail is properly marked, make sure all the safety signs are up," he said.
Safety is always a concern with the sport--in the last two weeks alone--4 accidents reported in Oneida County.
"Most of the time, the snowmobile accidents that occur are off the trail," said Rogers.
So his advice; stay on the trail and slow down.
But Tom and Eyewitness News aren't the only ones on the trail; the Oneida County Sheriff's Department is out patrolling daily.
"We check for registrations, we look for reckless operation as you're pulling up, speed things of that nature, if everything is all in order, we wave you through," said Patrol Supervisor Sgt. Scott Kahl.
No insurance or registration? You'll be given a warning or ticketed and slammed with a fine. Sgt. Kahl says in nearly all of this year's accidents--speed was the major factor
Slow down and remember it's a family sport and go out and have fun, you know some of these trails the turns are tight and they can't handle some of these speeds," said Sgt. Kahl.
For Tom, it's not a race, just pure enjoyment.
"It's really beautiful to be able to ride on these trails, they're well-groomed, well taken care of and really very pretty," he said.
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