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Snowmobile club beefs up trail safety

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Snowmobile club beefs up trail safety
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One snowmobile club is doing all they can to make trails safe following a fatal snowmobile accident that killed a Pulaski man in Indian Lake Thursday night. YNN's Elizabeth Jeneault met up with T.C. Riders Saturday, who were putting the finishing touches on their trails.

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. -- The thermostat may have barely reached five degrees Saturday morning, but that didn't stop T.C. Riders Snowmobile Club from beefing up their trails' safety.

"Safety is the number one goal of our club and any club in the state actually," said Ted Gay, a club member.

With the opening of their trails just around the corner, members were hanging up signs along a fourteen-mile stretch. Those signs help direct riders and warn them of any danger.

Although the entire Tug Hill region was slammed with snow last week, this area didn't get the five feet that others did and that actually helped them out.

"To do it in those type of conditions would be probably impossible. So these conditions are good for us. Usually we like to have lots of lake effect snow but not when we have work to do," Gay said.

There may have not been five feet, but there was at least three, which means good conditions for riders.

But that doesn't give snowmobilers a ticket to just ride anywhere.

"I'd like to remind all of the riders, out of respect for the landowners, to stay on the trails and to not go outside of the limits set," club member Bob Place said.

And as riders prepare to rev up their engines, there's always these cautions to take.

"Be familiar with the area that you're riding in and the number one or two causes of accidents is speed and alcohol, so exercise good judgment," Place said.

The club urges all riders to be on the lookout for drunk drivers as they say an accident could occur at any time.

The 50 miles worth of trails that T.C. Riders operates will officially open Sunday.

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