Oneida County, NY- The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office was joined by several organizations and local officials during a snowmobile safety press conference yesterday at the Deerfield Firehouse.
“Snowmobiling is a major component of the tourism income generated in Oneida County,” Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente said. “Thousands of people come each year to enjoy the natural beauty of our area, and in turn, purchase fuel and equipment, eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores and stay in our hotels. We are grateful for the opportunity to host these visitors, and it is of the utmost importance that we ensure their safety and that of our local snowmobilers whenever they hit the trails. I want to thank Sheriff Maciol and all of the law enforcement agencies, first responders and snow mobile associations who do an excellent job working together to make that happen.”
Highlighted during the press conference were two brand new 2019 Artic Cat Sleds that will be utilized by deputies while patrolling the nearly 650 miles of groomed trails throughout Oneida County. The new sleds replace two older models that were over 15 years old. Officials say the funding for these new sleds came from the 2018 annual Sheriff’s Office operating budget.
Sheriff Maciol and other law enforcement figures from the Town of Webb Police, NYS DEC and Forest Rangers all discussed the laws and consequences of operating a sled while intoxicated, speeding, registration requirements and other regulations.
Members from the NYS Snowmobilers Association and the Oneida County Association of Snowmobile Clubs stressed the importance of respecting landowners property and staying off closed trails.