Pinon Hills Phelan and El Mirage Sheriff’s To Get KTM Motorcycles – Dirt Bikes Will Concentrate on Complaints Areas

Pinon Hills Phelan and El Mirage Sheriff’s To Get KTM Motorcycles – Dirt Bikes Will Concentrate on Complaints Areas

KTM Enduro

(Best Syndication) Sheriff’s Sergeant Robert Copley, commander out of the Phelan substation, told the Pinon Hills Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) on Thursday that the high desert got an OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) grant from the state and will be running off road patrols for OHV violators.

The grant totals $140,000 for equipment, including 4 KTM Enduros and 15 sets of gear for the deputies. The special team set up by the Sheriff’s department will be covering areas where the Sheriff’s department gets complaints. He said that if there are no complaints, they will likely not patrol the area with their new task force.

KTM is an Austrian motorbike and the ones purchased by the Sheriff’s Department will be marked with red and blue. Copley said that when residents call about dirt bikes riding on private property and bikes racing up and down the streets, they will “have resources to deal with them.”

Sergeant Copley said that they will concentrate on areas where they get the complaints in Pinon Hills, Phelan and El Mirage. They will not concentrate on the dry lake bed, but they will work it from time to time. The teams will be “primarily” for the residential neighborhoods.

There was an original grant for the motorcycles back in November, but because of a lawsuit the funds were put on hold. But now the funds have been released and the bikes will “stage” out of Victorville. The department will load the bikes into a trailer and move them to the various locations.

The most common infraction is driving an unlicensed vehicle on the roadway. Copley said that even the unmentioned roads require licensing. When asked if the purpose of the bike patrols will be education or revenue, Copley said that “you can educate people through revenue.”

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By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication News Writer



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