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News Release

February 3 , 2004

Mn/DOT Reminds Snowmobilers of Rules and
Regulations Adjacent to State Highways

(Roseville, Minn.) - Due to recent snowfall, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) reminds snowmobilers of safety laws, rules and regulations regarding snowmobile travel along state and county highways.

Snowmobilers are advised to use common sense and behave courteously while snowmobiling. In general, snowmobile drivers are advised to not exceed a maximum speed limit of 50 miles per hour or the roadway's posted speed limit, whichever is lower. In addition, snowmobiles cannot be operated upon the driving surface, shoulder, or inside slope of the ditch on any state or county roadway. Snowmobilers may use the outside slope (back slope) farthest from the roadway. Signs and drainage structures on the highway shoulders and in the ditch bottoms present hazards to snowmobilers that may not be visible under the snow.

Areas with tree seedlings, wildflower or shrub plantings, or areas recently landscaped or sodded/seeded due to recent road construction projects or beautification efforts should be avoided.

- No snowmobile can be operated at any time, within the right-of-way or median area of any interstate highway.

- Snowmobile travel is not allowed in the median (center right of way area) of any four-lane divided highway. Snowmobilers are strongly advised to keep safety their top priority, especially when in the vicinity of state highways. Local ordinances may be more restrictive then state ordinances and snowmobilers are always advised to be aware of ordinances enforced in the areas in which they travel.

- Snowmobilers may cross a roadway when it is done at a 90-degree angle; the snowmobile is brought to a complete stop before crossing; and yields the right of way to all oncoming traffic. In the case of a divided highway, crossing is permitted at an intersection with another public road or at a constructed crossover area within the highway itself. Snowmobilers should slow down and use extreme caution when crossing over driveway entrances.

- Headlights and taillights must be on during hours of darkness. Between one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise, no person shall operate a snowmobile within the right-of-way of a highway except on the right-hand side, and in the same direction as the traffic on the nearest driving lane of the roadway. This regulation does not apply during daylight hours.

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District 7, Mankato/Windom
501 S. Victory Dr.
Mankato, MN 56001-5302
Tel: 800/657-3747
Fax: 507/389-6281

Rebecca Arndt
Public Affairs Coordinator