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Canada considers stricter sled rules

A string of snowmobile collisions that has killed five young Manitobans this winter is fueling calls for new safety measures, the Winnipeg Sun reported this week.

Five crashes this winter each killed a young male under the age of 21.

The incidents highlight the need to enhance sled safety measures, said Mike Waite, executive director of Safety Services Manitoba, formerly the Manitoba Safety Council.

Waite said Manitoba should follow Saskatchewan’s lead in requiring snowmobilers to take a mandatory safety course before operating a sled on public or Crown land.

The province has previously said it’s willing to consider the change, which Waite believes would go far in preventing more youths from dying in crashes.

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