Memorial Day Viking Prairie Operation 2016
The Viking Estates, also referred to as the Prairie, is a section of land located in the northern part of Okeechobee County, just south of the Kissimmee Prairie State Preserve. The area is known for its hunting, fishing and ATVing.
During the operation residents and weekend visitors were advised of the laws to include a flyer that stated:
The Area That You Are Entering Is NOT A PUBLIC RECREATION AREA. This Area Consists Of Privately Owned Residential Homes And Privately Owned Residential lots. Being On Anyone's Property Without The Owner's Permission Is TRESPASSING,_A Violation of Florida law. All Traffic Laws Of The State Of Florida Are Applicable Anywhere On This Property.
IT IS ILLEGAL TO DISCHARGE A FIREARM IN PUBLIC OR ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY. Per Florida State Statute 790.15. Summary: YOU Cannot Shoot Over any Paved Road Or Right Of Way, Or Any Occupied Premises. YOU Cannot Shoot Near Any Dwelling (House, Camp). It Is A FELONY To Shoot From A Vehicle Within 1000 feet of any person. Please Refer to Florida State Statue 790.15 for full definition.
It Is Illegal To Use A Firearm While Under The Influence Of Alcoholic beverages,Chemical Substance,Or Controlled Substance Per Florida State Statute 790.151. Please refer to Florida State Statute 790.151for full definition.
No Person Under The Age Of 16 Years Of Age Shall Operate Or Ride An ATV Without A Proper Safety Helmet, Per Florida State Statute 316.2074(3}. Parent Or Guardian may receive Traffic Citation.
It Is Illegal To Operate Any ATV On Any Public Road, Per Florida State Statute 316.2074(5).
May Receive Traffic Citation and Vehicle/ATV Towed.
Please Conduct Yourself Accordingly.
VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED.
BY ORDER OF THE SHERIFF OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
During the Memorial Day weekend-long operation there were (110) verbal warnings given, (15) written warnings, (13) UTC(Uniform Traffic Citation) issued and 23 people were trespassed.
Undersheriff Noel Stephen stated, “This is a residential neighborhood that is being treated as a recreational playground. We will do our part to enforce the Traffic Laws of the State of Florida. This enforcement will continue.”
Michele Bell, PIO