Fourteen snowmobilers have died so far this winter season while riding, announced the coroner’s office. Last year, 31 snowmobilers died between Nov. 1995 and March 1996.

After examining the deaths last year and this year, the coroner’s office concludes that many of them were preventable. In most cases, the factors were excessive speed, alcohol consumption, lack of judgement and carelessness.

The coroner stressed the importance of checking the thickness of ice, using groomed trails and going at an appropriate speed.