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October 29, 2009
FOREST ROAD SAFETY
(ANNOUNCER) Elk hunting season is opening / opened / on the state’s eastside October 30th... And on the westside, November 7th. Most of the 3 million acres managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are open to licensed hunters, unless posted as closed. DNR Law Enforcement Chief Larry Raedel (ray-dell) says vehicle collisions are one hazard that hunters sometimes don’t think about on forest roads.
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(LARRY RAEDEL) “One thing that we want to caution folks that are out on our forested roads is that it is two-way traffic. So as you’re going up in the mountains, there could be a fully loaded log truck going the other way.”
(ANNOUNCER) Chief Raedel says DNR law enforcement officers still patrol forest roads in the fall and winter. Each year he sees some hunters who don’t observe vehicle safety rules like wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle or ATV on forest roads.
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(LARRY RAEDEL) “It’s law now and it’s been so for several years that folks operating motorcycles or quads have to have a helmet on at all times. This applies anywhere on state land.”
(ANNOUNCER) Raedel says hunters, as well as the public, are welcomed to visit nearly all of the agency’s lands any time of year. By following some basic safety rules, everyone can have a safe, enjoyable experience on DNR-managed lands.
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