The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department targeted illegal and unsafe all-terrain vehicle use in a week-long saturation patrol May 25 through June 1.

The saturation patrols yielded 15 citations and seven ATV impoundments. Infractions included driving without a helmet or eye protection, driving on or adjacent to the, driving on private property without permission, driving with a passenger when the vehicle is not equipped for a passenger and no registration

Deputies also investigated two separate ATV accidents on May 28 in Berino, resulting in injuries. One victim was transported to Thomason General Hospital after a two-ATV head-on collision. In another accident, a victim, who was not wearing protective eyewear or a helmet, fell off an ATV carrying two other passengers. She was transported to Memorial Medical Center.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department has published brochures listing state laws related to ATV use and ATV use on Bureau of Land Management-owned land. Brochures are available at the Sheriff’s Department, located at 750 A Motel Blvd. in Las Cruces.

For more information, call Grant A. Taylor, assistant to the director of public information, at (505) 647-7290. Anyone calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7290.