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For Immediate Release: May 21, 2013

Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol Launch Enhanced Enforcement

Increased enforcement in response to neighborhood impacts from summer holiday visitors

Santa Rosa, CA – (May 21, 2013) – The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol will be working together again this summer season to ensure enhanced safety enforcement along Fitch Mountain Road, Del Rio Beach and Steelhead Beach areas. This effort was started in 2011 and is in response to prior year’s activities which left the beach, roads and neighborhoods heavily impacted by litter, drunken beach goers and unsafe parking.

Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas commented, “We appreciate people visiting our County’s recreations spots to enjoy the summer, but we want to ensure they are safe and respect the neighborhoods impacted.”

Supervisor Mike McGuire, who represents the Fitch Mountain beach areas, commented, “We want folks to have a good time and enjoy the river this weekend, but over the last couple of years, the Fitch Mountain neighborhood has been overwhelmed by large parties and rowdy revelers. These enhanced patrols will keep the narrow roads clear, visitors and locals safe and drunk drivers off of the streets. I truly appreciate the CHP and Sheriff’s offices working together over the holiday weekend.”

Supervisor Efren Carrillo who represents the Steelhead beach region commented, “We want the public to enjoy their time at the beautiful Russian River. Increased enforcement efforts will ensure that this incredible natural resource and the public are protected. We cannot emphasize enough that responsible behavior by people recreating at the River is absolutely part of ensuring an enjoyable experience for residents and visitors alike.”

California Highway Patrol Captain Greg Tracey commented, “We want folks to come home safe. This program sends a message that we have no tolerance for public intoxication, drinking and driving nor illegal parking which endangers beachgoers. Hopefully this year we will see folks better self regulating and respecting the environment.”

This effort will be supported by coordination with private property owners who live along the River. Don Dana, lead for the ownership group at Camp Rose, will be hiring private security Memorial Day weekend to ensure visitor and neighbor safety. In addition, security guards will also be hired on Fourth of July and Labor Day at Camp Rose.

The holiday beach enforcement program contact is Sergeant Ed Hoener (707) 327-6645 or Dispatch at (707) 565-2121.

Contact Information

Contact:
Sheriff’s Office
County of Sonoma
Email:
info@sonomasheriff.org
Phone:
(707) 565-2511
Website:
www.sonomasheriff.org