A couple of years ago a Safety Patrol was formed in our fair little hamlet of Woodbury, MN. The goals of the patrol were public safety and to improve the image of snowmobilers in our fair community.
Yesterday I witnessed the Safety Patrol in person, in action along Route 19 south of Bailey Road. One of the members was jumping over the highway like his was Blair Morgan or some other Snowcross MXer who had just hit a mogul and was achieving major air time. This was some display by our "Safety Patrol"
Later on down the trail I stopped at the local warming shack to relax and stretch my legs a bit.
The shack is located in a dip between two blind corners which go up hill. This area should be approached with caution as visibility is limited and running wide in the corners, over the centerline is not a good thing through this bottleneck.
Well what to my wondering eyes should appear; but a "safety patrol rider" coming through the blind corners as fast as he possibly could on the ragged edge of controllability and fishtailing out of sight using up the whole trail. HMMMM! Oh, and he wasn't in hot pursuit of any alleged perpetrator either. He was leading two other sledders racing through this area.
I stood there for another 5 minutes and watched traffic go by. But the safety patrol guy definitely had the hottest lap time.
Is the safety patrol in your area like this? Hypocrites who put on a vest so they can drive on the ragged edge and not be held accountable for their actions?