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McHenry County offering snowmobile safety courses

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 4:10 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Sheriff's Office will hold two snowmobile safety certification courses this winter for those without driver's licenses or interested in operating the vehicle safely.

The classes are scheduled for Jan. 18 and Feb. 23 in the McHenry County Sheriff's Office Training Division at 2200 N. Seminary Ave. in Woodstock. The courses, set to run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., are open to anyone 12 and older.

Those who have a valid driver's license may operate snowmobiles without the certification but those without a license must complete eight hours of instruction and the final examination to receive the certificate and the legal right to drive a snowmobile.

The courses cover maintenance and repair of snowmobiles, proper and safe operation, history of snowmobiling, first aid, protection of the environmen and state laws.

Class size is limited to 30 participants and pre-registration is necessary. Residents can register by contacting Cathy Hardt at cdhardt@co.mchenry.il.us or at 815-334-4739.

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