Conservation Officers Arrest Three, Cite More For ATV Violations

Posted On May 12, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

off-road-vehicle-atv-orv.jpg(Dearborn County, Ind.) – Complaints of off-road vehicles trespassing on and damaging private property in Dearborn County prompted a crackdown by Indiana Conservation Officers Saturday.

Several complaints had been heard from residents and a railroad company in the Bonnell Road area about inconsiderate ATV riders and “monster type trucks” rutting up properties.

In the special patrol on Saturday, conservation officers cited five individuals for operating unregistered ATV’s on the roadway. One person was cited for railroad trespassing.

Three more were arrested and had their off-road vehicles towed for criminal mischief causing property damage without landowners’ consent.

Conservation officers said that a director from the Ohio and Indiana Railroad company stated that he was enthusiastic with the idea that law enforcement officers will be enforcing the railroad trespassing laws. He added that the ATV’s and other unauthorized motorized traffic cause thousands of dollars of repairs along the railroad annually.

Indiana Conservation Officers encourage the use of protective gear while operating off road vehicles. Off road vehicle education courses are also available by visiting www.in.gov/dnr/outdoor/. Also proper registering of ORV’s is required and can be completed at the BMV.