MEDIA RELEASE: AKWESASNE MOHAWK POLICE SERVICES NO ICE IS SAFE ICE

Following this week's cold snap ponds and other bodies of water are freezing and the Akwesasne Mohawk Police are issuing information on ice safety. “No ice is safe ice”.    
The Akwesasne Mohawk Police would like to remind the public that use of our rivers and ponds is unsafe during this recent thaw. Safety on waterways or the decision to use them appropriately is an adult’s role.  We want to avoid any accidents relating to the use of our waterways.  Please keep water safety in mind at all times.     
Avoid driving on the river.  If it cannot be avoided, check ice conditions beforehand. Wear a buoyant snowmobile suit. Carry ice picks and make sure they are accessible. Always drive within your ability.           
Tell someone of your outing, including where you are going, the route you plan to take, the description of your snowmobile and clothing and your expected time of return.         
Always travel with a friend, and be prepared for the unexpected.     
Never drive impaired. Alcohol, illegal drugs, even prescription and some over-the-counter drugs can slow your reaction time and affect your driving ability and decision making. If convicted of impaired driving on a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle the legal consequences are the same as they would be for impaired driving of a motor vehicle.  
When operating a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle in the winter season dress appropriately. Wear clothing in layers and always carry extra dry clothing with you.  
Carry a survival kit that includes: a first aid kit, matches or lighter in a  waterproof container,  a knife, saw or axe,  a flashlight and whistle,  high energy food such as nuts or granola bars,  and a mechanical kit that includes: spare spark plug and drive belt; tow rope; extra ignition key; screwdriver, wrenches and hammer; plus the owner's manual. 
Check the weather forecast before heading out.