Calls for caution have multiplied since the start of the snowmobile season and a Statistics Canada report released on Friday supports this view, with an average of 73 deaths attributed to this activity each year in the country.
Men were the first victims of snowmobile accidents between 2013 and 2019, accounting for nearly 89% of deaths, said this report produced in collaboration with the Canadian Database of Coroners and Forensic Pathologists and the Canadian Database of civil status.
In terms of causes, more than half (55%) of snowmobile deaths have been attributed to alcohol or drug use.
Excessive speed (48%) and driving in the evening or at night (46%) are two other major factors observed during these tragedies.
In addition, eight in ten snowmobile accidents involved only one vehicle and the majority of them (70%) were attributable to a collision with a stationary object, an ejection or a barrel roll, whereas submersion constitutes 14% of deaths.
The report also found that at least 12% of those who died in this type of crash did not wear a helmet.
In order to reduce the risks during snowmobile trips, Statistics Canada has reminded you of a few safety instructions, such as “do not drive while intoxicated; move at a safe speed; to wear a helmet; wear appropriate clothing for the temperature; carry safety equipment appropriate for the environment; move in a group; avoid snowmobiling on ice or in places where there is a risk of avalanche. ”