January 21, 2019

Youths given the opportunity to learn snowmobile safety


MIO –– The Oscoda County Sheriff Department will be offering a snowmobile safety class for kids older than 12 looking to take to the trails when snow finally settles on the ground this winter.

The class will be held at the Mio Community Center Saturday, Jan. 13. A lunch will be provided and the event is scheduled to go from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources advises snowmobile safety training for all snowmobile operators and it is required for operators between the ages of 12 and 17 years.

A person who is at least 12 years old but younger than 17 must successfully complete a Michigan-approved snowmobile safety course if they will be operating a snowmobile without the direct supervision of a person 21 years of age or older or if they are crossing any highway or street, and a certificate must be in the operator's immediate possession.

Tri-Town Fire Chief and Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Stenzel will be leading the class and has taught it for many years.

Sheriff Kevin Grace said he believes the class is valuable for children to learn the rules of the trails, safety precautions and equipment use.

The event is free to attend, and attendees must sign up in advance at the Oscoda County Sheriff Department located on 10th Street in Mio, as there is a limit of 15 students. For more information, call the sheriff department at 989-826-3214.


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