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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, December 9, 1970 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - 5 Popularity in vehicles continues rapid rise Regulations governing operation of snowmobile machines tightening By KLAUS JONAS Canadian Press Staff Writer . As the popularity of snowmobiles continues its rapid rise this season, the net of regulations governing the machines is tightening. Alarmed by the deaths of 93 persons in snowmobile acci-dents last year and the sombre prediction by the Canada Safety Council that about 100 will be killed this winter, the federal department of transport recently published a set of proposed regulations that would control everything from the candle-power of the lights of the machines to the cutting edge of their skis. The regulations are de- signed for incorporation in the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, expected to be proclaimed early in December. Provincial governments, too, have moved in their areas of jurisdiction to make snowmobiling a less-fatal pastime. A Cross-Canada Survey by The Canadian Press shows that all provinces other than Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia have special regulations at the ready this year to keep the ubiquitous snowtrackers in check. CAN BE JAILED In Ontario you can be fined $100 for driving your machine on railway tracks. In Alberta you may be jailed for 30 days for going hunting with it. The Newfoundland government passed enabling legislation at the last session of the legislature but regulations are not yet complete. Resources Minister W. R. Callahan said the government is not anxious to restrict snowmobiles unnecessarily, particularly in the northern part of the province and in Labrador where they have replaced dog teams. But he said he would like to see forthcoming regulations cover registration, age and restricted areas. Hunting from snowmobiles is forbidden in Newfoundland under already-existing law. Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia both forbid the use of snowmobiles on highways but have no legislation forbidding hunting with them. An official of the wildlife division of the Nova Scotia lands and forests department said snowmobiles are not widely used for hunting in his province, and there is hardly any game on Prince Edward Island. RESTRICT TEEN-AGERS Legislation governing the use of snowmobiles in New Brunswick was passed last April and is expected to be proclaimed soon. Under it, registration of publicly-used machines is compulsory; teen-agers under 16 are restricted from crossing highways; and snowmobiles may not operate within 25 feet of the travelled portion of highways except for the purpose of crossing. Using snowmobiles to chase game is prohibited by the province's Game Act. Quebec, the province with the greatest number of snowmobile deaths last year-40 of the 93-prohibits operation on or crossing of highways without a regular driving permit. The province levies a $6 registration fee. A spokesman for the trans- p o r t department said the province has special police squads on snowmobiles to patrol the main areas where snowmobiling is practised. Irwin Haskett, minister of transport for Ontario, said lie is confident that laws enacted during the last two years will reduce last year's death toll of 34. The laws require the licensing of persons using snowmobiles along highways; registration of all machines, irrespective of where they are used, and mandatory reporting of all accidents involving injuries or damage over $200. The laws also give municipalities wide powers to control Peoples wants to save you a lot of money on Christmas shopping! o dare vou New Schick Retractable Shaver - Click to shave, click to clean, click to store. 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