Q: Why isn't anything being done to stop underage drivers on unlicensed all-terrain vehicles on the roads in Tonto Village?
A: Det. George Ratliff of the Gila County Sheriff's Office said when complaints are made, the patrol officers respond, but if the officer is on a call in Tonto Basin and gets called to Tonto Village, by the time they are on the scene they can't find the offenders. And if the officer can't find the suspect, they can't cite them. However, if they find them, and they are on a public road, including any numbered forest road, citations can be issued for a number of things. Drivers of unlicensed ATVs on the road can be cited for no registration, no insurance, no license, lack of proper equipment, and if they're under a certain age, having no helmet. "We're fighting a losing battle. If they're riding out in the forest, we can't do anything about it. We can only cite them if they're on a designated public road."
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