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Snowmobile laws lag; deaths mount

Minocqua - Senseless bloodshed and ugly headlines drove the North American snowmobiling community to adopt a "zero-tolerance" policy on drinking and sledding during the 2002 International Snowmobiling Congress.

Less than three full snowmobile seasons later, at least 43 people have died while snowmobiling drunk, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. That number seems to swell with almost every passing week with snow on the ground.

For the DNR wardens who are left literally to pick up the pieces after a fatal crash, the story line behind the deaths has become frighteningly mundane.  more...


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