Snowmobiles are popular recreational vehicles that are involved in many accidents, injuries, and deaths each year
The snowmobile was originally developed to efficiently move people and supplies, and for emergencies in areas where heavy snow prohibited the use of other vehicles. But now, snowmobiling is a popular winter sport. However, the modern snowmobile can weigh 600 pounds and travel at 90 miles per hour or more. Each year snowmobile accidents result in approximately 200 deaths and 14,000 injuries. Excess speed, alcohol, driver inexperience, and poor judgment are the leading causes of crashes
. Reduction in injury and death rates is urgently needed and can be accomplished through education and legislation.