BANGOR - Maine Game Wardens are sending out some serious reminders after numerous snowmobile accidents occurred across the state this weekend.
Accident after Accident has kept Maine Game Wardens working around the clock. "Yeah, a very busy weekend," acknowledged Game Warden Alan Curtis.
8 in total over the past weekend, scattered throughout the state from Fort Kent down to Lewiston.
and while many Mainers have been using them for years, there's a danger when it comes to getting too comfortable.
"Things could go wrong in the blink of an eye," says Curtis.
"I think a lot of the accidents we are seeing are speed related. A lot of these machines are very powerful," says Garnett Johnston with the Windham Drifters.
So before you head out, you should gear up. Grab a strong coat, gloves, helmet, and always remember to keep to the right.
Curtis adds, "I've seen accidents all the way from just somebody that flips off and I've covered fatalities."
"6, 7, 800, 1000 CC machines that can go very fast. A lot of them can go over 100 miles an hour," says Johnston.
Plenty of times kids ride up front with mom or dad, and in that case you have to be extremely careful.
Curtis says, "It doesn't' take much for a little kid to go boom, and its wide open." He adds its as simple as remembering 3 easy S's, "Ride safe, ride smart, ride slow."
Keep trail conditions in mind and when you do speed up, focus on whats ahead. Most importantly,don't drink and drive. "If you're an .08 or greater, you're going to to go jail if we catch you driving a snowmobile," says Curtis.
Andrew joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 News team in June of 2012. Since a young child he always wanted to pursue a career in Broadcast Journalism, and is honored to start his journey in Eastern Maine. He enjoys nothing more than meeting the members of the community and sharing their stories with our viewers.
Raised in Houston, Texas, Andrew graduated from Suffolk University located in Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in Communications. Before moving up to the Pine Tree State, Andrew was a student reporter for The Morning Show on New England Cable News (NECN).
When not in the newsroom, Andrew enjoys volunteering at the Bangor Humane Society. You can see him there at least once a week interacting with many of the dogs. He also enjoys cooking, reading, watching his favorite movies, and going to the gym.
Make sure to say hi when you see him on the streets, and mention Finding Nemo (his favorite movie) if you want some brownie points!