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Snowmobile safety has always been challenged by riders who make the poor decision of considering alcohol to be necessary. The NBFSC has taken a clear position statement; under Zero Alcohol organized snowmobiling advocates that every snowmobiler take the personal responsibility of choosing to ride 100% alcohol-free at all times. Studies prove that impairment begins with the first drink; Zero Alcohol means absolutely no consumption of alcohol by any participant prior to going snowmobiling or during any ride.
The ten reasons to adopt the Zero Alcohol position:

  1. The Zero Alcohol approach will save lives and reduce injuries.
  2. Alcohol increases the risk of other factors such as excessive speed, night riding, ice riding, road crossings or riding unfamiliar terrain, including off-trail.
  3. Alcohol increases the risks associated with snowmobiling to an unacceptable level.
  4. Snowmobiling takes place in an unpredictable and uncontrollable natural setting.
  5. Snowmobiles offer fewer structural and safety features to protect participants, being more like motorcycles than automobiles.
  6. Alcohol research clearly shows that a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08%a person is 11 times more likely to get killed while driving a car than at .00%BAC.
  7. Impairment starts with the first drink.
  8. Zero Alcohol is a good news story that will help change public perception of snowmobiling.
  9. Zero Alcohol is an excellent risk management strategy that will help protect rider’s overall insurability and reduce their liability.
  10. Within the context of the Go Snowmobiling Campaign, Zero Alcohol is a positive factor in recruiting new participants.