City of Lakeland Adopts "Zero Tolerance" Policy to Off-Road ATV Damages | Crime
According to Lakeland City Manager, Bob Wherry, heavy damage was caused by vandals driving off road on wet city parks and both public and private property recently. Because of this, the City of Lakeland has adopted a "zero tolerance" policy and will take action to collect on damages, file vandalism or trespassing charges as appropriate, and, if a felony will file to seize the vehicle doing the damage. The city is working with the Shelby County Sheriff to strictly enforce laws against motorized vehicles trespassing on city parks, trails and public or private property.
The City of Lakeland does not permit off-road vehicles (All-Terrain vehicles "4 wheelers", dirt bikes, etc.) on City property or on Lakeland roads or trails. This includes the right of way, street surface, parks, walking trails, etc.
Fines, felony charges, seizure of vehicles and damages will result from driving any motorized vehicle (ATV's, motorized dirt bikes, motorcycles, and vehicles) off-road on City parks or public property. Driving motorized vehicles on private property is illegal trespassing without the express permission of the property owner, and property owners are encouraged to file complaints in court and seek damages. Illegal vehicles also pose a threat of injury or death to walkers, runners and bicycle riders.
The city also encourages private property owners to file charges when possible to discourage the trespassing and vandalism. Residents are asked to report all trespassing to the City of Lakeland at 867-2717 and the Shelby County Sheriff at 379-7625.