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Alcohol and Mortality

Booze plays an outsized role in snowmobile deaths on ice.  


  • In Wisconsin over eight years 72% of the 178 riders who died were impaired.  For accidents on ice the rate was even higher: 87% of 46 riders.  
  • 76% of sled+ice fatalities occur at night.  The combination of impairment and darkness creates an especially dangerous situation. 
  • It seems that impaired riders  choose to ride on lakes and rivers at night to reduce their arrest risk. 


Click here for a review of the Wisconsin data and a look at the dramatic increase in risk associated with higher impairment levels.