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Snowmobile Speed Limits Will Hurt Not Help There is a lot of talk in Augusta about posting speed limits on Maines snowmobile trails Lobbyists politicians and game wardens think that introducing speed limits is a reasonable way to prevent fatalities and accidents that occur each year on snowmobiles There are less severe measures that can be taken to control the death toll Imposing this law wouldnt shun away all snowmobilers but enough to hurt the states economy considerably which in turn hurts you the taxpayer This year 96 921 snowmobiles were registered in the state of Maine Thats over 3 million in registration revenues alone 24 of these registrations come from out of state vacationers who enjoy this great sport Registration and Revenue The number of out of state registrations would decrease dramatically if the state enforced a speed limit This is important because the non-residents pay twice what the residents do In essence their participation in the sport is twice as valuable from a financial standpoint There have been ten deaths to date this year on snowmobiles Only two of these deaths have occurred on the trail The eight accidents that didnt occur on the trail were on lakes or on roads The speed limit law would not apply to lakes and it is illegal to operate a snowmobile on a paved road so a speed limit law would not have an effect on 80 of the fatal accidents Of the two that were on a trail one was due in part to alcohol Snowmobile Accident Report The use of alcohol is also already a law that is strictly enforced Common sense plays a role in some of these deaths People who operate a snowmobile while under the influence of alcohol or down a paved road are asking for trouble Alcohol impairs senses perhaps making a people feel in control when they are not When looking at
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