FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks police Officer Jeromey Lindhag was looking for stolen snowmachines on the Open North American Championship Sled Dog Race trail.
He didn't find any last weekend, and he didn't issue any tickets to the sprint mushers speeding by, but he did find that only half of the 25 snowmachines he inquired about were registered.
This is the first year Fairbanks police have joined snowmachine patrols. Lindhag, Fairbanks' snowmachine safety officer and Alaska State Trooper Karl Main, and Fish and Wildlife Protection troopers Jon Simeon and David Rippeto patrolled the race to make sure people stayed off the trails and out of the way of the sled dog teams.
Lindhag said next season he plans to start writing citations for unregistered snowmachines, a ticket that could garner a $300 fee versus the $10 it takes to register the vehicle.
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