No Ice Is Safe Ice

Enniska/February 2, 2015

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service and Emergency Services personnel would like to remind parents, residents and children alike that with the recent warm weather, the use of our rivers and ponds is unsafe. Safety on waterways or the decision to use them for any purpose is an adult’s role. We want to avoid any accidents relating to the use of our rivers and ponds. Please keep water safety in mind at all times.

Avoid driving on the river. If it cannot be avoided, check ice conditions beforehand. Wear a buoyant snowmobile suit. Carry ice picks and make sure they are accessible. Always drive within your ability.

Tell someone of your outing, including where you are going, the route, description of your snowmobile and your expected time of return.

Always travel with a friend, and be prepared for the unexpected.

Exercise caution at road and rail crossings.

Never drive impaired. Alcohol, illegal drugs, even prescription and some over-the-counter drugs can slow your reaction time and affect your ability to make good decisions. If convicted of impaired driving on a snowmobile, you will lose your driving privileges for all types of vehicles, including motor vehicles, commercial vehicles and motorcycles.

Dress appropriately. Wear clothing in layers and always carry extra dry clothing.

Carry a survival kit that includes: a first aid kit, matches or lighter in a waterproof container, a knife, saw or axe, a flashlight and whistle, high energy food such as nuts or granola bars, and a mechanical kit that includes: spare spark plug and drive belt; tow rope; extra ignition key; screwdriver, wrenches and hammer; plus the owner's manual.

Check the weather forecast before heading out. Better yet, do not use the river.

Our goal is your goal: a safe healthy community. Remember, “no ice is safe ice”.

We are all responsible to preserve our community for the next seven generations.

 

Please call:

Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service 613-575-2000(emergency)

613-575-2340 (non-emergency)

Seaway Valley / Akwesasne CRIME STOPPERS 613-575-2255