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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

Date/Time:            March 22, 2014/8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Incident:               Off Highway Vehicle Enforcement Operation

Location:              Morongo Basin

Suspect(s):           See below summary


On Saturday, March 22, 2014 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., a multi-agency Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Enforcement operation took place throughout the Morongo Basin.  The operation involved Rangers from the Bureau of Land Management, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputies and San Bernardino County Code Enforcement Officers, and was briefly supported by a sheriff's helicopter.


Personnel assigned to the operation targeted areas where high volumns of complaints about off highway vehicle activity have recently originated.  Much of the operation focused on the Yucca Mesa, Flamingo Heights and Landers areas.


During the nine hour operation, deputies responded to three calls for service relating to illegal OHV use - none resulted in riders being contacted.  Personnel made approximately 40 proactive contacts with OHV riders.  Fifteen citations were issued to riders for violations including operating an OHV on the roadway, expired green stickers, modified exhaust and operating an OHV without a safety helmet.  Two citations were issued to riders for violating the San Bernardino County OHV Ordinance.  Two juveniles were cited for operating OHV's without having attended an approved safety course and one parent was cited for allowing a juvenile, under 14 years of age, to operate an OHV without parental supervision or required safety training.


This operation was paid for, in part, by grant funds issued by the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division.


Refer:        Sgt. James Porter

Station:      Morongo Basin Station

Phone No.:  (760) 366-4175

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700

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