Just because lake covered with ice doesn't mean it's safe to drive on

Posted: Wednesday, January 07, 2004

It seems inconceivable that in this day and age people continue to drive vehicles out on unsafe ice conditions.

Perhaps it is time people realize that just because a lake is covered with ice doesn't mean it is safe to drive on it.

The officers could have averted a serious incident if they had assessed the ice conditions before driving out on Sevena Lake to check fishing licenses. An ice auger may cost a lot up front, but it can pay big dividends when it saves lives, vehicles and equipment.

Having lived around lakes all my life, I prefer at least 12 inches of solid ice under me before I dare venture out on frozen lakes in a vehicle.

"... And ye shall not venture on thin ice lest you are consumed by thirst."

Bill Twohy, Sterling

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