Calaveras County Sheriff's Department
Every single Law Enforcement grant should have a commitment and focus to catch the "Willfully Ignorant" visitor. We see every day folks doing what ever they want and they feel immune because it is their feeling "there is no one around to catch me" That has to change. Yes, we have Green Sticker Violations, sound violations, and other normal day to day violations that by now should be all in compliance. It is the "Willfully Ignorant " that does not abide by the rules of the areas they ride in, i.e. "Stay on Designated Trails " "Respect Private Property" "Know the rules of area you are riding in " be it Forest Service, BLM, City and County. All of us can put pressure on the "Willfully Ignorant" but it is Law Enforcement that needs to focus their talent to those that want to ruin it for everyone. We can not let them rule our destiny or how we are being portrait in the eyes of the public and government elected officials.
The other area of grave concern is our children, we need to make sure that all children 16 and under on Quads have the proper certification. We need to make sure that they are properly dressed to ride, no tank tops, tennis shoes and short pants. Parents need to be told of their responsibility in the strongest possible manner, ticket.
Thank you all for working this very difficult issue. [Ed Waldheim "OHV activist for access to public lands for all" - 3/28/10]
This grant as I am sure most Sheriff grants are commendable for what they do. However there seems to be a disconnect on the amount of money one sheriff gets over another Sheriff. My only measurement is where is the public going. Do we give more money to those that provide opportunity to OHV visitors and their residents, Do we give more money to those that have 300,000 visitors or more. How do you draw the line to get the most for our OHV dollars. This grant does not tell me how many visitors they have in the area of their jurisdiction. It talks about 960 miles of trail, but are those all open to Green Sticker? Purchasing a sled is nice but have we not done that before. I would like to see comments from local OHV users on this grant and get some idea exactly how many visitors come to the areas in question you are patrolling. [Ed Waldheim "OHV activist for access to the public lands for all" - 3/28/10]