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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Wtdne�dav, December 9, 1970 - THE lETHBRIDOE HERAID - 1 Popularity in vehicles continues rapid rise Regulations governing operation of snowmobile majchines tightening By KLAUS JONAS Canadian Press Staff Writer . As the popularity of snowmobiles continues its rapid rise tliis season, tlie net of regulations governing tlic machines is tightening. Alarmed by the deaths of 93 persons in snowmobile acci-dents last year and the Bomtore 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 EMward 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 arc restricted from crossing highways; and snowmobiles may not operaite within 25 feet of the travelled portion of higliways except for the purpose of crossing. Using snowmobiles to chase game is prohibited by the province's Game Act. Quebec, the province witli the greatest number of snowmobile deaths last year-40 of the 9a-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 0 r t department said the province has special police squads on snowmobiles to patrol Uie main areas where snowmobiling is practised. Irwin Haskett, minister of transport for Ontario, said 1� is confident that laws enacted during the last two years wll 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 Mm New Schick Retractable Shaver - Click to shave, click to clean, click to store. Solid-state motor for faster, cleaner, no-pull shaving. 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Night light dial, Sleep switch for up to 60 A fine minutes bedtime music. yU�l3 USE YOUR CREDIT Use Peoples Instant Credit and get yNhat you want NOW, no down payment. No payments 'til January/'7U peoPLes"^ cReiJiTjeYVGLLeRS CENTRE VILLAGE MALL-2nd Ave. and 13th St. N.-Telephone 327-1303 use of snowmobiles off tlio road. NEED LICENCE PLATES The Snow Ve hides Act passed at the last session of the Manitoba legislature makes it unlawful to operate snowmobiles without registration and licence plates in the provmce, except north of the 53i-d parallel. All persons operating snowmobiles must hold driving licences and persons under 18 must have written consent of their parents. Operation is not allowed on public roads or in ditches alongside highways, and all machines must be equipped with mufflers. N 0 legislation outlawing hunting by snowmobiles has been passed in Manitol)a to date but Transport Minister Joe Borowski recently indicated which way his feelings are running. "Any man" he said, "who will chase an animal 6o\m with a machine or a plane to clobber it ought to be clabbered himself." In Saskatchewan, snowmobiles must be registered and cannot be operated within city limits or on the travelled portion of a provincial highway. Regulations enacted this year say the vehicles cannot be used to pursue or disturb wild animals or birds. The Alberta Vehicles Act requires that ttie machines be registered and that operators must be at least 14 years o\i to cross highways. BANNED FROM ROADS The act bans snow vehicles from any portion of a highway parking iane or sidewalk, in- eluding ditches along the road. Passengers must dismount before the machine is driven across a highway. Use of snowmobiles for hunting is prohibited in almost all of the foothills and mountain regions of western Alberta from midnight until noon during the hunting season. It is also illegal to shoot at game within 50 yards of the machine. C. E. Haglund, information officer for the department of lands and forests, said the law was passed because snowmobiles were driving game into inaccessible areas, making It difficult for other hunters. The British Columbia government charges a licence and a registration fee. Operators must obtain a police permit to drive snowmobiles on highways or unimproved roads. It used on highways, the machines must meet standards of otlier motor vehicles. Despite a request by the British Columbia Wildlife Federation, legislation limiting the use of snowmobiles for hunting has not been passed. The federation said the machines have been used to run down animals, and unless that slops, public sympathy may swing in favor of banning hunting altogether. But despite tighter regulations across the country, snowmobile manufacturers have predicted a record saVs season. Last year about 500,000 of the machines were operating in the country. This year, they say, this figure will tie close to one million. Alberta wants earlier date for pension plan increase EDMONTON (CP) - The government of Alberta wants to see the date of implementation of increased Canada Pension Plan benefits accelerated. The federal white paper on income security calls for increased old age, disabled and widow pension benefits, but says they cannot b>e made before Jan. 1, 1973. Ray Speaker, Alberta social development minister, said that dui-ing consultation with John Munro, federal health and welfare minister, Mr. Munro indicated earlier dates would be possible if there was a concensus among the provinces. Alberta supports the concept of selectivity, in which a means I test is used to determine the eligibility of a person for assistance, Mr. Speaker said. Inexpensive Holiday Gifts For Friends and Family! FROM OUR VILLAGE GARDEN Scented rosebud soap, giant rosebud soap, Bon Bon guest soaps, bath size wash balls, shorty shower bollt, bath crystals, sachet spray and oils. A tkfk GIFT BOXED FROM ...................... 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