Snowmobile course set for next week

JOHNSTOWN – A New York State Parks and Recreation snowmobile safety education course will be conduced by the city Police Department, according to a news release.

The course will be taught from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps building, 231 N. Perry St. Attendance is required for both nights. The class size will be limited to 25 students. All children must be at least 10 years old on or by Dec. 13 in order to be eligible to take the course, a news release said.

Children between ages 10 and 17 must take the course and earn a safety certificate before they can lawfully operate a snowmobile on an approved trail or area in the state, the release said.

Adults can take the course to familiarize themselves with the proper use of a snowmobile and the changes in law that may apply to them or their children, the release said.

The free course consists of eight hours of classroom instruction over two nights. All course materials, based on the snowmobile safety handbook, will be free for participants. Participants can qualify for their safety certificates only by taking a New York State Parks and Recreation snowmobile safety education course and passing the examination at the end, the release said.

Participants should preregister by calling the police department at 736-4021. A parent or legal guardian will be required to sign a permission slip at the beginning of the first day of class, the release said.

For more information, call Sgt. Christopher Stevens at 736-4021.