November 27, 2017

El Paso, TX – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will be launching an operation in the Mission Ridge Subdivision to curb and deter underage drinking, prevent all-terrain vehicle accidents, and enforce the ongoing County Burn Ban.

The desert area adjacent to the Mission Ridge Subdivision has recently become a popular area for desert recreation activity to include: underage drinking, the use of all-terrain vehicles unsafely and bonfires.

Sheriff’s Office deputies will be proactively patrolling the area to locate individuals in violations of county ordinances and laws.

A violation of the County Burn Ban order may result in a Class C misdemeanor citation and fine up to $500, in addition to any court costs.

        If you are a minor (under 21) and found to be in possession of alcohol, you may face the following penalties: 

· Up to a $500 fine

· A 30-180 day driver license suspension

· 8 to 40 hours of community service

· Mandatory alcohol-awareness classes

Any amount of beer, wine or liquor can trigger these penalties. A second or third offense can lead to suspension of your driver license for 60 to 180 days.

                If you are under 21, it is illegal for you to drive with any detectable amount of alcohol in your system. The first time you are stopped for drinking and driving, you could face the following penalties:

· Up to a $500 fine,

· A 60-day driver license suspension

· 20 to 40 hours of community service

· Mandatory alcohol-awareness classes

If you're 17 or older and are pulled over for drinking and driving with a blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater, you could face:

· Up to a $2,000 fine

· Three to 180 days in jail

· A driver license suspension for 90 days to a year

All-Terrain Vehicles use and safety: A person that is younger than 14 must be accompanied and be under direct supervision of a responsible adult. A person cannot operate an ATV on public property unless the person wears a safety helmet and eye protection. A person may not carry a passenger on an ATV unless it is designed to carry a passenger. An ATV operated on public property must have a lighted headlight and taillight after sunset. Here are some safety tips to help keep riders safe.

1. Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over the ankle boots, and gloves.

2. Never ride on paved roads except to cross when it is SAFE and PERMITTED by law. ATVs are designed to be operated off-highway.

3. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

4. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider AVT, and no more than one passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people.

5. Operate/Ride an ATV that is right for your age/weight/height.

6. Supervise young riders; ATVs are not toys.

7. Ride only on designated trails and a safe speed.

Published 27 November 2017 02:44 PM by leantunez


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