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Safety Education

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Be A Responsible Rider

If you are convicted of DWI, damaging property, failure to yield, disobeying an officer, skimming on open water, or other offenses, you will be required to show successful completion of an approved safety education class or you must attend a Responsible Riders Safety Education course.

Riding a snowmobile or wheeled vehicle
can be fun and exciting for the whole family.
Take a class, join a club and ride responsibly.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department strongly recommends that all riders participate in a Safety Education Class. State law requires that all operators 12 years of age and over must possess either a valid Motor Vehicle Driver’s License or must have successfully completed an approved OHRV or Snowmobile Safety Education Class when operating off their own property. Classes are free and offered throughout the state. For class schedules or more information on these requirements, contact Fish and Game at 603-271-3129 or visit

New this year, OHRV education classes are being offered online, as well as in the classroom. Note that the online course costs $29.50 (traditional classroom courses are free). Register for online classes at

OHRV Safety Instructors: Each year, OHRV Regional Coordinators assist more than 150 volunteer OHRV safety instructors, who in turn educate some 1,500 students in snowmobile, ATV and trail bike safety. Regional OHRV Coordinators include Timothy Acerno, Karen Brousseau-Allard, Tom Duling, Bryan Hadlock, Marie Hixson, Jayson Keane, Craig Mayo and Sue Rugg.

“Our regional coordinators and volunteer instructors are the backbone of the OHRV and Snowmobile Safety Education Program,” said Captain John Wimsatt, who coordinates OHRV safety education and enforcement for the N.H. Fish and Game Department.

Help Teach OHRV & Snowmobile Ed!

If you are an experienced OHRV or snowmobile enthusiast, consider joining the ranks of more than 150 volunteers who are certified instructors for the OHRV and Snowmobile Education program.

Riding knowledge is helpful, of course, but just as important are enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. You’ll enjoy the camaraderie of fellow instructors!

For more information, call (603) 271-3129.

Safety On Ice

Though all ice is potentially dangerous, the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, N.H., offers a “rule of thumb” on ice thickness: There should be a minimum of six inches of hard ice before individual foot travel, and eight to ten inches of hard ice for snow machine or All-Terrain Vehicle travel.

Be aware that ice can be weakened by objects frozen into it, because they hold the heat from the sun; avoid docks, large rocks and trees fallen onto the ice. Also avoid areas with springs or moving water under the ice.

Did You Know?

Conservation Officers patrol an average of nearly 25,000 miles a year on snowmachines, ATVs and trail bikes to keep the trails safe for all user groups.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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