Special enforcement patrols begin this weekend in the foothills of Davis County, Sheriff Harry V. Jones announced. Emphasis of the added patrols is on narcotics and alcohol violations, the sheriff said.
Deputies, assisted by reserve and search and rescue members, will patrol campgrounds, set up spot roadblocks and provide information on areas open to recreational vehicles."This is the time of year when people start taking their families to the mountains for recreation," the sheriff said. "People want to get away and enjoy the outdoors.
"Unfortunately, there are others, both adults and juveniles, who see the mountains as a haven for beer parties or other illegal activities. Some of these gatherings have become disruptive and require special attention from the sheriff's department," Jones said.
Alcohol and drug abuse are blamed for many traffic accidents, assaults and other incidents in the canyons, according to the sheriff.
"We want to send a message early to those people who use the mountains that the sheriff's department has little tolerance for alcohol and narcotics violations," Jones said.
The sheriff predicted a recent change in state law making alcohol possession by a minor a Class A misdemeanor, with a mandatory $500 fine, will have major impact on future violators.