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Oneida County to help keep riders safe with brand new snowmobiles

Snowmobile season is upon us, and the Oneida County sheriff and other law enforcement agencies brought their message to the Deerfield Fire House for their annual press conference.

Posted: Dec. 6, 2018 1:04 PM

DEERFIELD, N.Y. -- Snowmobile season is upon us, and the Oneida County sheriff and other law enforcement agencies brought their message to the Deerfield Fire House for their annual press conference.

Snowmobiling is a huge boom for local tourism in Oneida County, so this is a perfect time to remind riders about safety, registration, and the rules on the trails.

To help keep riders safe the county bought two new top-of-the-line sleds.

“I need to have our people equipped with good safe reliable equipment. These two new sleds are replacing two very old ones. These are 2019 Artic Cat Panteras. Just delivered, striped up and red light put on. They have automatic vehicle locators, so little things like that really improve officer safety,” said Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol.

The laws that will be strictly enforced will include operating a snowmobile while intoxicated, speeding violations, registration violations, and exhaust modifications. The sheriff also said riders need to respect the landowners that make nearly all of the groomed trails possible.

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