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After a seventh death on Manitoba snowmobile paths in the past two months, the RCMP is once again reminding people to practice safety. 

Last week, police sent out a safety reminder for people heading out on the snowmobile trails throughout the weekend, but another person died just hours later. 

Police say early Saturday morning, the 43-year-old man was travelling with a small group near Swan River when he lost control, veered off the trail and hit a tree. 

Police believe alcohol and speed were factors, something Sgt. Paul Manaigre says is unfortunately common. 

"Perhaps the perception is out there that having a couple drinks and taking out a snowmobile or quad is fine and it's not the same as a vehicle, but I hope that is not the perception," Manaigre said. "We like to remind the public that the penalties are the same, regardless of whether you're on a snowmobile or in a vehicle."

"Drinking and driving is drinking and driving."

Manaigre says there are a number of safety tips riders should follow. 

"You need to know your limits on these machines because they can be very fast and very powerful," Manaigre said. "Drive sober is obviously an extremely important one and knowing the terrain you're riding on is also important because if you're not familiar with possible obstacles it can be very dangerous." 

Manaigre says one of the positive aspects of the flat terrain in Manitoba is people can take snowmobiles out to explore parts of the province they may not often see. But he says doing it safely should always be the number one priority. 

"There's so much beautiful countryside for people to explore and oftentimes it's the first time they're there," he said. "We encourage people to head out, but like I say, if you're riding in unfamiliar territory your speed needs to be controlled so you have the ability to react to something like sharp turns or even fallen trees."  

For more information, visit the RCMP's website.

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