Pima County deputies cracking down on some ATV riders

Published: Oct. 16, 2015 at 8:59 PM MST|Updated: Dec. 11, 2015 at 10:13 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Pima County wants to stop ATV riders who have been riding on about 160 acres of private property on the far southwest side near Drexel and Camino Verde.

The riders have left a scarred desert, trash and disturbed people who live in a nearby subdivision.

Neighbors said the riders have been out there much of the day and night, kicking up dust and making a lot of noise.

Deputies said there have been two ATV-related deaths and a near-death, plus numerous less serious accidents.

They said this is a quality of life issue for the homeowners as well as a safety issue for the riders.

Plus, the riders are trespassing on private land.

The landowner told Tucson News Now the riders have been tearing down his no-trespassing signs, leaving garbage and building ramps and mud bogs on the property.

Deputies will be out this Sunday to hand out fliers to warn the riders they are trespassing.

Deputy Tracy Suitt said the deputies will be out the following Sunday, and that anyone who is illegally on the property risks arrest.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has information and rules for ATVs on their website, here: azgfdportal.az.gov/OHV

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