Joint law enforcement checkpoint at Redington Pass screens 163 vehicles

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December 7th, 2009

Arizona Game and Fish Department officers participated in a joint law enforcement checkpoint on Nov. 29 in the Rincon Mountains that screened 163 vehicles, issuing one citation for failure to tag a harvested deer and warning 11 off-highway vehicle (OHV) operators for not displaying required OHV stickers.

The 11 warnings were issued to OHV operators with vehicles on trailers. They were among 23 OHVs screened at the day-long checkpoint on Redington Pass Road also manned by the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and Pima County Sheriff’s Office. More than 50 hunters were screened, eight of whom had taken deer.

“If the OHV operators that we warned had been driving their vehicles on the road or elsewhere, they would have been cited,” said Raul Vega, acting supervisor for the Game and Fish Department’s Region V (southeastern Arizona). “We have a zero-tolerance policy for OHVs that are not properly tagged and licensed.”

The statewide compliance rate for the Arizona OHV Decal program, which took effect Jan. 1, 2009, has only been 21 percent. All OHVs weighing 1,800 pounds or less and designed by the manufacturer primarily for travel over unimproved terrain are required by state law to display an OHV sticker and bear a license plate. Flyers about the program were distributed at the checkpoint. The following article contains additional information about the OHV Decal program.

The checkpoint was also staged because hunting seasons were ongoing in Region V for white-tailed deer, elk, dove, sandhill crane and quail.

The public is encouraged to visit www.azgfd.gov or www.servicearizona.com for more information about required hunting licenses and tags, as well as for those required for OHVs.

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