Sheriff asks ATV riders to use caution

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 10, 2003

Four-wheeling is a popular local pastime, but some four wheelers are a bit too free-wheeling.

This has prompted complaints from some property owners. Lawrence County Sheriff Tim Sexton said his office has received several complaints from land owners who said some four wheelers are wandering onto their property, sometimes in spite of posted no trespassing signs.

"It's not only the noise, but sometimes they do damage, and sometimes they litter," Sexton said. "We will be sending officers out this weekend trying to seek their cooperation in cutting down trespassing on private property."

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Sexton said some complaints have come from people living in subdivisions, who said their neighbors are riding their ATVs at odd hours, or even riding recklessly.

Sexton said those who continue to trespass on private property without the landowner's express permission could receive a citation. Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor offense that could result in a maximum of 30 days in jail and a maximum fine of $250.