Officials Planning Weekend Patrols at the Sand Drags

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The Potter County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Game Wardens along with several other agencies will be out near the Canadian River as outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the weekend.

“We just want to make sure that our presence is known and that everybody stays’s safe and that is the whole concept behind all this, it isn’t to ruin anybody’s fun it is just to make sure everything is safe,” said Sheriff Brian Thomas.

Thomas says they won’t be there to ruin any of the fun but instead will be there in case of injuries or any other emergency.

Along with making sure everyone stays safe, Thomas says the Panhandle Auto Burglary Unit will be on hand looking for stolen vehicles.

“They are just going to be looking for stolen items. So they will be looking for the stolen ATVs and trailers and those things that they have had thefts of over the last year,” added Thomas.

The Texas Game Wardens will be making sure all vehicles are legal down there and also making sure all riders have the proper gear on.

“Besides having the OHV stickers which are the Off Highway Vehicle stickers on their vehicles that they are wearing the appropriate safety equipment, helmets, goggles, those kinds of things and that they are operating in a safe manner,” said Mike Wheat, a Texas Game Warden.

Thomas is also reminding visitors that the county is still under a burn ban.

“There won’t be any fires allowed down there. You can have a fire as long as it is in a container and has a grate on top of it,” said Thomas.

If you don’t have an OHV decal, you can be fined.

The decals can be purchased at the Texas Game Warden Office.
 

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