CO Derek Schneider (Zumbrota) reports lots of ATV activity in the area. A frequent violation observed on the roadway has been juveniles riding on Class 2 ATVs without helmets. As a reminder, helmets are required for anyone under 18 years old regardless if they are wearing a seatbelt or in a car seat.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Wabasha) worked security on the Delta Lake fire in the Ely area.
CO Clint Fitzgerald (Rochester #2) spent the week checking anglers and monitoring ATV activity. Time was also spent answering questions from the public while manning the TIP trailer at the Olmsted County Fair. Enforcement activity for the week included failure to validate a deer site tag during the 2020 season, fishing without a license, no life jackets, and unlicensed watercraft.
CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) spent the week patrolling for area angling and ATV activity. Fishing has slowed on Pool 4 of the Mississippi River but many anglers still tried to reel in a few. While patrolling for ATV activity, a Class 2 ATV was stopped for no registration and no headlights displayed. Upon approach to the ATV, it was discovered that a young child was the driver with grandpa riding passenger. The child was not wearing the necessary helmet or seatbelt, and the grandpa stated that they were just going from the farm to the house. All ATV owners and operators should remember that there is no excuse for ignoring regulations put in place for safety reasons, as ATV crashes can happen anywhere and at any time. Enforcement action for the week included no license in possession, no angling license, no registration displayed, no headlights/taillights displayed, no helmet or seatbelt as required, allowing illegal operation of an ATV, and no sound-producing device.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly ATV riders and anglers during the week. Lots of people were out and contacted, with various violations detected. Heyn also did follow-up work on cases and met with others.