ATVs Becoming A Problem

by Audry Kensicki on March 17, 2010 at 5:03 am

As the weather continues to warm up, people are outside more enjoying the sunshine.

But the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office says to stay safe, motorists need to keep an eye out for the unexpected.

"Look for the ATVs and the motorcycles," said Sheriff Matt Lutz. "We’re trying to keep them off the road, but anything they can do to slow down, give themselves an extra five or ten minutes when they’re trying to get somewhere. Hopefully they get there safe and we won’t have any accidents."

Sheriff Lutz said it is nearly impossible to respond to each and every ATV complaint called in to the sheriff’s office.

"We try to take the approach that if they’re on the back roads where we’re not getting complaints, there’s not near as much traffic or residents, we don’t get all the complaints from those people," he said. "But if they’re riding their bikes around town and we’re getting complaints, we’re going to go down and if we catch them, we’re going to tow their bikes."

Sheriff Lutz said if you notice ATVs in your area to call the Zanesville Police Department in the city or the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office for the county.