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DNR wardens to increase snowmobile patrols after sixth deadly crash in two weeksSubmitted: 01/19/2018
Katie Thoresen
Katie Thoresen
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kthoresen@wjfw.com

DNR wardens to increase snowmobile patrols after sixth deadly crash in two weeks
WOODRUFF - Six people died in snowmobile accidents since January 5 in Wisconsin. 

Last year, 16 people died while snowmobiling during the whole season. 

DNR Conservation Warden Supervisor Dave Walz says at this rate, Wisconsin is on track to match that. 


Speed and alcohol have been a factor is almost every snowmobile crash.

"How can this be acceptable? How can people think it's okay to speed and to drink and drive?" said Walz. "They don't have to drink alcohol. There are other opportunities for that. We preach zero tolerance. That's how we're going to operate. We're going to be strict on the drinking and driving, and the speeding."

Walz says wardens will start increasing patrols on trails in the Northwoods, especially in Iron and Price counties where most of the accidents have happened. 

"We want to see people out there recreate and have fun," said Walz. "That's a big part of what this is all about, but also there's quite a few laws that emulate the traffic laws with motor vehicles. Speed, alcohol, registrations, those are the type of things we're looking at."

Walz says wardens will be on patrol both during the day and at night. 

Most of the accidents happened at night. 


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