Here in northern Illinois the temp. highs are about 20 degrees and the lakes are starting to freeze pretty fast. I live on a large system of 7 lakes that are all connected by large channels and creeks, so it makes for a great riding area. Anyways, many people are getting a little anxious(sp) and are heading out on the lake a little early. We have had numerous deaths on this system of lakes alone. Many people are breaking through the ice, or going out at night and not seeing open water in from of them and fall through. Just the other night a 27 year old man was coming back from the bar across the lake and ran into open water. His sled sank and his head hit the ice as it went under. They reported him missing and sent in divers. They found the body and about 30 ft. away they found the helmet with the head still in it! So, this is just let tell everyone to be careful out there and make sure the ice is safe before going out.