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Lt. Wayne T. Saunders, Region One Office, Lancaster, NH: 603-788-4850 or 603-271-3361
Capt. John Wimsatt, OHRV Enforcement Coordinator: 603-271-3129
June 30, 2014

Local Towns, State, and County Work Together to Ensure Safety for OHRV Enthusiasts

MEDIA: To download hi-res photo, click on image. Caption: Officers pictured, from left to right, are NH Fish and Game Conservation Officer Matt Holmes, Coos County Sheriff Gerry Marcou, and Berlin Police Officer Matt Carter. NHFG photo.

LANCASTER, N.H. -- Local, state, and county law enforcement are getting ready for the anticipated surge of Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) enthusiasts coming to visit Coos County over the Fourth of July weekend.OHRV patrols will be helping to keep the North Country OHRV trails safe this holiday weekend.

This spring, most law enforcement agencies in Coos County trained and began working to enforce OHRV laws, both on andoff the trails and highways. N.H. Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers provided OHRV law updates and rider training for law enforcement agencies across Coos County.

The Coos County Sheriff's Department is now patrolling throughout the county with its recently purchased side-by-side UTV. Most North Country towns benefiting from the OHRV surge have their local police department addressing OHRV issues and accidents within their jurisdiction.

The influx of OHRVs due to an expanded trail system, which includes portions of state highways and town roads, has caused a major strain on many law enforcement agencies. These agencies all have limited manpower and funding available to address the numerous complaints received and increased OHRV traffic being observed. Law Enforcement agencies are attempting to pool resources and work together and hopefully help keep riders safe and address land owner concerns," said Fish and Game Lt. Wayne Saunders.

"While many agencies are working together to improve the situation, substantial funding shortages continue to hamper the ability for law enforcement to be effective," said Fish and Game OHRV Education and Enforcement Coordinator Captain John Wimsatt.

The bottom line is that this Fourth of July weekend, local, state, and county agencies will be out in force patrolling the trails and roads across the state -- so ride safe and ride sober.

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