Medicine: Snowmobiler's Back

Snowmobilers have been accused of everything from terrorizing wildlife to vandalizing hunters' cabins. From Alaska to Maine, the nation's 19 snowbelt states are passing or planning new laws to regulate the noisy off-road machines. But even if all drivers are eventually licensed, they seem likely to cause more damage—at least to themselves. Last year 84 U.S. snowmobilers died in accidents ranging from train collisions to falling through thin ice. Reasonably prudent drivers, in fact, can be hurt by merely emulating the ads and "flying" their new toys well above ground.

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