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:
- The Zero Alcohol approach will save lives and reduce injuries.
- Alcohol increases the risk of other factors such as excessive speed, night riding, ice riding, road crossings or riding unfamiliar terrain, including off-trail.
- Alcohol increases the risks associated with snowmobiling to an unacceptable level.
- Snowmobiling takes place in an unpredictable and uncontrollable natural setting.
- Snowmobiles offer fewer structural and safety features to protect participants, being more like motorcycles than automobiles.
- 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.
- Impairment starts with the first drink.
- Zero Alcohol is a good news story that will help change public perception of snowmobiling.
- Zero Alcohol is an excellent risk management strategy that will help protect rider’s overall insurability and reduce their liability.
- Within the context of the Go Snowmobiling Campaign, Zero Alcohol is a positive factor in recruiting new participants.