ZERO OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE INJURIES OR FATALITIES ON NORTH CUMBERLAND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

ZERO OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE INJURIES OR FATALITIES ON NORTH CUMBERLAND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

MORRISTOWN, Tenn.—The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announces that there were no serious injury or fatal off-highway vehicle (OHV) accidents on North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area over Memorial Day Weekend.

Wildlife Officers and Managers steadily patrolled the 205,000-acre management area checking 242 OHVs during the four-day holiday weekend.  Several citations were issued for violations including not possessing riding permits and failing to have helmets on children under the age of 18.  Officers also cited 16 others for alcohol possession and arrested two operators for driving under the influence.  OHV Sgt. Dustin Burke says, “I want to commend the hard work of our officers and managers over Memorial Day weekend.  I feel that our presence and enforcement efforts led to a holiday weekend without a serious injury or fatal OHV accident on NCWMA.”

As a reminder, alcohol possession and consumption has been banned on Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Wildlife Management areas statewide, with the exception of designated areas. Alcohol is only permitted at designated TWRA campgrounds and on public waters bordering or within a WMA.  Drunken-disorderly conduct is also prohibited.  This rule applies to all user groups, including hunters, hikers, OHV drivers and passengers, and other WMA users.

The rule change was implemented due to high rates of intoxicated trail riding on WMAs and frequent accidents where alcohol was a contributing factor. The TWRA is committed to public safety and is focused on keeping public lands family-friendly and safe for all Tennesseans.

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