Morongo Basin – On October 13, 2012, from noon to 1800, a multi-agency Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) enforcement operation took place in the Morongo Basin. The operation involved San Bernardino County code enforcement officers, sheriff’s deputies and rangers from the Bureau of Land Management. Although personnel patrolled the entire Morongo Basin, the focus of the operation was Landers, Flamingo Heights and Yucca Mesa- areas where an unusually large number of OHV related calls for service have recently originated.
During the operation, law enforcement personnel contacted approximately 60 OHV users. Twelve citations were issued for assorted violations including failure to wear a helmet, green sticker (registration) violations, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container and land use violations. Two subjects were arrested on outstanding misdemeanor warrants. Those not cited were educated on legal OHV use areas and OHV safety.
Enforcement operations of this type will continue to occur throughout the coming year. Your local law enforcement partners would like to remind everyone to operate their OHV’s only where it is safe and legal to do so. Information on trails and areas where it is legal to operate an OHV may be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Land Management or your local law enforcement agency.