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Police target snowmobile trespassers

Andy Ouriel • Mar 3, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Perkins police plan to plow forward to prevent snowmobiles from illegally trekking across private property.

At a recent public meeting, township resident J Franklin complained about snowmobilers constantly whizzing by his house.

Franklin asked trustees to consider opening up dedicated pathways for snowmobiles so they could travel away from his property.

Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar trumped the request, offering up more aggressive patrols by officers seeking out trespassers on certain vehicles.

“Even though we have not received an abundance of complaints with regards to snowmobiles, off-road motorcycles and ATVs, it is important to address the operation of these vehicles on private property,” Klamar said. “Safety of the rider and the motoring public are paramount. Respect for (private) property is the obligation of the operator of the recreational vehicle”

Anyone found cruising on these listed vehicles in unauthorized areas, such as private property, could receive a trespassing charge, a fourthdegree misdemeanor.

If convicted, fines could reach $250 coupled with a potential 30-day jail stay.

“We want the owners of these vehicles to follow the rules set forth in the Ohio Revised Code, respect private property and operate safely,” Klamar said. “Our goal is not to cite or arrest persons operating these vehicles, and as long as they follow these rules, there should be no reason”

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