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OHRV trails to be patrolled over July 4 holiday weekend

LANCASTER — Police at the local and state levels, and the county sheriff’s department are preparing for the anticipated surge of off-highway recreational vehicle enthusiasts coming to Coos County over the Fourth of July weekend, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department officials say.

This spring, most law enforcement agencies in New Hampshire’s northernmost county trained and began working to enforce OHRV laws, both on and off the trails and highways.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department conservation officers provided law updates and rider training for law enforcement agencies across Coos County.

“Enforcement agencies are attempting to pool resources and work together and hopefully help keep riders safe and address land owner concerns,” Lt. Wayne Saunders of Fish and Game’s Region One in Lancaster said in a news release.

The North Country’s expanded trail system is seeing a greater influx of OHRVs, including on portions of state highways and town roads, he said.

One result is a strain on law enforcement agencies which all have limited manpower and funding available to address the expected higher number of accidents and complaints.

“While many agencies are working together to improve the situation, substantial funding shortages continue to hamper the ability for law enforcement to be effective,” said Fish and Game OHRV Education and Enforcement Coordinator Capt. John Wimsatt.

The bottom line is that this Fourth of July weekend, local, state, and county agencies will be out in force patrolling the trails and roads across the state — so, ride safe and ride sober, they advise.

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