BETTER TRAILS...driver safety linked to trails

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State lawmakers are getting involved in snowmobile safety issues after the deaths of more than two dozen people this winter. A House Committee has heard testimony from D-N-R officials and leaders of the Minnesota United Snowmobile Association who say driver safety and trail QUALITY are two inextricably linked issues. Minnesota Public Radio's Karen-Louise Boothe reports from the capitol. Officials say the deaths this year are not an anomoly, but are part of a rising toll among snowmobilers over the last ten years. WHY? there are a handful of reasons. First, there's been a 35-percent increase in ridership since 1990 alone. New technology and design has led to bigger, faster and BE

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