Letters to the editor – January 10, 2019

Why are snowmobilers brazenly ignoring signs?

Watch out. Snowmobilers with white canes are at large.

This same ritual will usually take place every winter, if there is enough snow. Some snowmobilers, it seems, just have to get off the trails; trails that are groomed and made especially for them to travel on. They have to boldly go where no machine has gone before and where landowners would hope that they would not traverse on their seeded hayfields and other sensitive areas.

Appropriate “no trespassing” signs are in place and spaced accordingly, but to no avail. They are ignored. It seems their greatest ambitions, with their machines, is to create and leave “new” tracks.

Even though not welcomed, they must make and leave their tread marks on any unblemished snow-covered land. That is their purpose and commitment in life. They must explore and leave “their” marks, otherwise life is meaningless.

The irony of all this is that the majority of snowmobilers and clubs are recognized for doing many good deeds and raising thousands of dollars for needy causes. One particular cause that comes to mind is Ride for Sight. It is so unfortunate, however, that some of their own are suffering and have such a desperate need of eye care: the very program they work so hard at, to promote and support.

The big questions: is it legal and permissible for operators to use and be in command of a snow machine when they cannot see or read a posted sign from a distance of three metres; or are those individuals just doing this out of disrespect to the farmers and landowners?

Will it be necessary to post signs in braille?

John Fefchak
Virden, MB

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