Indiana Conservation Officers were out in force Saturday May 10 to crack down on several complaints of off road vehicle trespass and property damage in the Bonnell Road area of Dearborn County.
Several adjoining property owners and the railroad company have filed complaints of off road vehicles ranging from all terrain vehicles to monster type trucks rutting up their properties and causing property damage without consent.
One 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.
The detail resulted in 5 individuals cited for operating unregistered ATV’s on the roadway, 1 individual cited for railroad trespass and 3 individuals were arrested and their vehicles towed for criminal mischief causing property damage without the consent of the landowner.
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.