Snowmobile trail shelters are for "warming up not drinking" - OPP advises as trails get set to open

Constable Ryan Lehr finds beer can in a snowmobile trail shelter garbage can.

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MUSKOKA - As snowmobile season dawns on Muskoka the OPP is warning trail users to stay sober.

The OPP is advising the public that warm up shelters on The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs - OFSC Trails are meant for warming up, not drinking alcohol. If you are caught drinking and operating a snowmobile you can face licence suspension, fines and vehicle impoundment.

If you are convicted of impaired driving on a snowmobile, you will lose your driving privileges for ALL TYPES of vehicles for at least one year. This includes cars, trucks, motorcycles and commercial vehicles.

Constable Ryan Lehr of the OPP Central Region SAVE Team said warm up shelters along the trails "are meant for warming up not drinking."

"We are going to be out looking and ensuring that trails are safe for everybody, be safe in the new year. Don't drink and drive."

For more information on impaired driving and its consequences in Ontario, visit

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