San Bernardino County Resolution to Address Aggravated Trespass, Intimidation and Harassment by Off-Road Vehicles

  • Posted on: 28 April 2007
  • By: admin

We will present the following resolution to the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors at the hearing where they will consider renewal of the ORV ordinance passed last year:

Whereas the sales of off-road vehicles have increased dramatically over the last few years …

Whereas city, county and federal law enforcement agencies report the growing problem of illegal off-road-vehicle activities in San Bernardino County…

Whereas these problems involve trespass on private property and public lands off-limits to off-road vehicles …

Whereas these problems are causing increased conflict with residents and the increased potential for violence …

Whereas these problems threaten to curtail the rights and activities of legal off-road vehicle riding activities …

Whereas county residents have a right to live in a peaceful, quiet, healthy and safe environment free from property destruction, physical threats, intimidation, harassment, aggravated trespass, excessive noise and dust …

Whereas there has been a disturbing increase in the number of incidents of intimidation, harassment and aggravated trespass …

Whereas aggravated trespass causes significant damage and costs to businesses and private property owners …

Whereas “no trespassing” and other signs indicating restrictions for off-road vehicles are often removed or vandalized …

Whereas city, county and federal law enforcement agencies are overwhelmed by illegal off-road vehicle activities diverting resources from emergency services and other law enforcement needs …

Whereas intimidation and harassment of county residents who report problems with illegal off-road vehicle activities constitutes an illegal barrier to due process

Be it resolved that the County of San Bernardino is hereby establishing a “zero tolerance” policy for intimidation, harassment and aggravated trespass by off-road vehicle activities, and,

Be it further resolved that the County of San Bernardino directs County Code Enforcement and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department to form a joint task force to aggressively investigate and pursue perpetrators of intimidation, harassment and aggravated trespass by off-road vehicle activities, and,

Be it further resolved that the County of San Bernardino requests that off-road vehicle vendors voluntarily promote responsible and legal riding activities in their advertising and other communications with the public.