They came in peace and found that the OHV community was friendly, cooperative and law abiding. The Riverside County Off-Highway Vehicle Enforcement Teams (R.O.V.E.) came out this weekend to conduct operations to enhance the Publics Off-Road Experience. It turns out that very few citations were given out despite the 10s of thousands of families that took advantage of Riverside Counties Off-Road Opportunities.
During 01/02/10 / 0800-1800 Hours, 01/03/10 / 10800-1800 Hours, R.O.V.E. deputies were deployed in the B.L.M. lands surrounding the Bradshaw Trail, Salt Creek Trail, Red Cloud Canyon and Box Canyon, as well as the unincorporated areas of the Chuckawalla Mountains, along the Coachella Canal and Chiriaco Summit. The primary goal was to promote environmental conservation awareness, reduce illegal off-roading, excessive noise activity, and increase off-highway vehicle (O.H.V.) safety and education through citizen contacts, warnings, and citations.
R.O.V.E. deputies teamed up with federal officers from the Bureau of Land Management in anticipation of the large turnout of off-road enthusiasts who flock to the area for the New Year’s Holiday. This year was no exception; off-road enthusiasts were numbered in the thousands and they took full opportunity of the vast trail systems, which are legally zoned for off-highway vehicle use.
R.O.V.E. deputies saturated the areas and contacted over two hundred off-road enthusiasts throughout the holiday weekend. During these contacts, members of the public were provided with information on required safety equipment, other existing legal off-highway venues, and general off-highway vehicle information. Educational brochures were dispersed to many of these subjects. These brochures serve to educate the public as to safe riding practices and legal venues within our county.
When applicable, individuals were warned for unsafe equipment and practices. In some circumstances, off-road warnings were issued to people with regard to staying on designated trails and away from the adjacent areas of critical environmental concern as designated by B.L.M. One subject was cited for not riding with the appropriate safety equipment (helmet).
The full time Riverside County Off-Highway Vehicle Enforcement Team (R.O.V.E.) is committed to ensuring public safety and quality of life throughout the county. To this end, R.O.V.E. will continue these types of operations throughout the year within the indicated areas and at various other locations within Riverside County. R.O.V.E. will also continue to work with allied agencies in a resolute effort concerning O.H.V. issues.
Public inquiries related to O.H.V. issues can be made by accessing www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. Any inquiries pertaining to O.H.V. issues and request for service within Riverside County should be directed to R.O.V.E. via our department’s non-emergeny dispatch line at 951-776-1099.