This is soo sad, I have been a firm believer that 12yrs old is too youg to have the resonsibility of the power of these machines today. i would love to start a petition to regulate a graduated licenceing program, if they keep the age as 12 yrs old to get a licence, then regulate that it can only operate 200 cc max sled, then at 14 yrs of age you can be on a 400 cc sled and both ages can only go on the public trails while accompanied by a licenced driver 16yrs of age. at 16 and full drivers licence you can have 500cc or over as the same as the highway traffic act allows. This will benefit the manufacturers as well as protect the younger generation.
My take on this... and you are correct with the parents being trusting... but if you are letting them run a 400 and larger class sled they should have to have an adult accompanyment on a public trail leading the way. there are reasons why the highway trafic act states you have to be 16yrs of age to drive a car/motorcycle and its a graduated licence soo not on a hiway unless with adult... obviously the governing body have done there psychological research to determind that at that age the mental maturity is at a minimum to be cognizant of decision making. these sleds now have the speed of cars with a hell of alot less safety features.This is a sad situation. But it’s not because of the law a 12 year can ride a sled. The parents trusted there child with whatever size sled the kid was on. So they probably had faith in the kids riding ability. My kids are 10 and 12. They both ride 600s. Both of them have been riding since age 4. First 120 then Indy lite 340s. They rode 500 class sleds for a short time now there on 600. If I didn’t think they could handle it. I wouldn’t have them out there. We did 125 mile ride last weekend. No issues.