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Moses Lake Dunes see 2,200 campers over Labor Day
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Moses Lake Dunes see 2,200 campers over Labor Day

From the Grant County Sheriff's Office:

Grant County Sheriff’s Off Road Vehicle deputies were busy and helped keep injuries low at the Moses Lake Sand Dunes over the four day Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, 2013. Here are the stats:

About 1500 ORV riders, boat passengers, beach users, and spectators were counted as day users at the park over the weekend. Around 2200 people camped over the weekend.

ORV deputies responded and/or self-generated 11 calls for service varying from alcohol offenses, property offenses, trespassing, and collisions.

Deputies logged 88 education/enforcement hours.

There were four reported minor injury collisions. The most severe injury was an open fracture to the leg. Other recorded injuries were fractured collarbone. Some patients refused treatment.

The most significant incident was the report of a sinkhole at first spillway causing Sand Dunes Road SE at the west end to be closed most of the weekend due to safety and structural concerns. There were no injuries or property loss.

ORV deputies gave numerous verbal warnings and issued a total of 41 infractions or criminal citations:

18 – Possession of alcohol (alcohol is prohibited in the Moses Lake dunes)
4 – Operating without a helmet
1 – Driving while license suspended in the third degree
1 – Driving under the influence
1 – Excessive vehicle speed
1 – No motor vehicle insurance
1 – Expired tabs
3 – No boater education card
3 – Excessive vessel speed (no wake zone violation)
1 – Operating an ORV on a public roadway
1 – Negligent driving in the second degree
1 – Fireworks use violation
3 – Minor in possession/minor in consumption of alcohol
1 – Navigation light required on a boat
1 – Carrying a passenger outside vehicle

“The Off Road Vehicle deputies did an outstanding job of keeping people safe Labor Day weekend,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “Their hard work paid off since this year we had less reported injuries and zero fatalities in our ORV areas.”

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