Sheriff's Office Boosting Patrols At Russian River This Weekend

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office is stepping up safety enforcement efforts at popular Russian River beach areas on Memorial Day weekend.

The areas include Fitch Mountain Road in Healdsburg, Del Rio Woods Beach, Camp Rose and Steelhead Beach in Forestville.

Neighbors have complained about littering, including unsanitary waste on beaches and roads, unsafe parking, intoxicated beach goers, large crowds, rowdy behavior and traffic congestion.

The sheriff's office stepped up enforcement in the areas in response to incidents in 2010. Homeowners in the Fitch Mountain Road area have hired private security for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends, the sheriff's office said.

Security guards will report violations to law enforcement agencies, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office will add patrols on waterways and roads in the area on the three holiday weekends.

They will target alcohol and littering violations, DUI driving, illegally parked vehicles and will tow vehicles that block emergency access, the sheriff's office said.

--Bay City News


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