Police patrol the trails for safety

Police patrol the trails for safety

ST. IGNACE — Law enforcement in the Upper Peninsula joined forces this weekend to help reduce injuries on the eastern U.P.’s snowmobile trails.

Eighteen officers from the Schoolcraft, Luce, and Alger County Sheriff’s Departments, the National Park Service, the DNR, and the Michigan State Police St. Ignace and Sault Ste. Marie Posts concentrated on the enforcement of operating while intoxicated offenses, sleds traveling on state trunk lines, excessive speed, careless operation, and noise.

Of the over 1,000 riders police met on the trails this weekend, nine were cited, nine more were arrested for misdemeanor offenses, one was arrested for OWI, and another was arrested for a felony offense. The initiative coincided with numerous outdoor festivals and events in the eastern U.P., including the U.P. 200 Sled Dog Race, Curtis Fishing Tournament, and the Michigan Ice Festival in Munising.