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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Loud Mufflers and Rude Behavior lead to Reminder:
Wyoming County deputies encourage safe and considerate snowmobile riding after increasing noise complaints

’Tis the season for snowmobiling .... and for a minority of riders, it can also mean bad behavior on snowmobile trails and nearby properties.

Mix some noise complaints with a newly-enacted state law, and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a reminder for snowmobilers to be considerate.

Deputies teamed up with state Department of Environmental Conservation police on Sunday to conduct inspections at road crossings. More than 100 snowmobilers passed through and deputies said some tickets were issued — mostly for modified exhausts.

Modified mufflers are illegal under state law, deputies said in a Facebook post. An additional — and newly enacted — state law called the Sleep Act also raised the maximum fine from $250 to $1,000 for loud or modified exhaust systems.

The Sheriff’s Office and other police agencies in Wyoming County have received complaints about loud and modified snowmobile exhausts. They’re coming from landowners who allow the trail system on their properties, along with nearby neighbors.

The complaints have particularly been at night, deputies said.

“Without the cooperation and permission from the landowners, the trail system in Wyoming County will be significantly impacted or worst-case scenario — shut down,” deputies said. “Please keep your snowmobiles with their factory exhaust systems so the trails are enjoyable for all.”

The Sheriff’s Office has also had complaints about riders straying off marked trails.

“This is the quickest way to upset a property owner and rescind trail permission,” deputies said. “ At the end of the day, the trails are on private property and respect for that property must be as maintained as the trail itself.”

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