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Practicing snowmobile safety this season

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The snowmobile trails in our area may be closed right now, but there have already been seven snowmobile deaths this season across the state. It's a good reminder to be safe once those trails open back up.

According to a state DNR report, most fatal snowmobile incidents could have been avoided if riders were following the laws. The report shows alcohol and speed continued to be the main contributing factors during the 2012-2013 season, with 65 percent of the incidents alcohol-related and 70 percent speed-related. 

The DNR reminds everyone to be safe on the trails and to take a snowmobile safety course if you haven't already.

If you were born on or after January 1, 1985, you must have completed and received a snowmobile safety certificate in order to operate a snowmobile in Wisconsin. 

If you would like to sign up for a safety course, or would like more information, click here.

Dennis Rahn, a safety instructor with the Utica-Nora Trailblazers Snowmobile Club, joins us on 27 News at 5 on Wednesday.

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