The Pike County sheriff says this struck truck is an example of what can happen when drivers go mud-riding.
The Pike County sheriff says this struck truck is an example of what can happen when drivers go mud-riding.

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Sheriff: Mud-riding is a nuisance

Published 8:52pm Friday, February 14, 2014

The Pike County Sheriff’s Office has a warning for reckless drivers: you are under surveillance and that surveillance may not have a badge.

“We’re watching. We’re patrolling. We may even have cameras,” said Sheriff Russell Thomas.

He asked that residents do the same.

One vehicle recently did more than $1,000 in damage to a public road in the Shellhorn area in a mud-riding incident.

“It’s a popular place to ride because there are miles upon miles of dirt roads,” said Thomas.

Deputy Buck Williams responded to the call Thursday morning. He said the truck left ruts along the side of the road that were more than a foot deep.

“We depend a lot on the public to help in catching people that do this,” he said. “Anytime anyone hears them tearing up the road or see someone tearing up the road needs to call us then, while they’re still out there.”

Thursday’s guilty party was easier to catch than most. The 19-year-old’s truck got stuck in the mud. The driver abandoned the vehicle at the scene.

The county’s roads department assessed $1,072.64 in damages, which amounted to a second degree misdemeanor for the driver should the county choose to press charges.

The sheriff said the county would not pursue charges against the driver, but the teeneager will be expected to repay the county for costs incurred.

And, Thomas said, charges could be pressed if drivers cross into personal property.

“It’s really too far if they damage personal property,” he said.

 

  • Observer

    How do you damage a mud road? It is only a dirt road with water on it. Whether one drives on a mud road for fun or business he is going to leave ruts. When the road dries the county will run through with a grader and erase the ruts – regardless of who made the ruts.
    If the drivers are drinking, or ganging up and blocking the road, or shooting at each other and are a danger to themselves or others – deal with that – but if all they are doing is stirring up some mud what is the harm?
    Perhaps the county could find a suitable place to create a swampy muddy place for folks to drive their trucks and just have fun – somebody with a wrecker will benefit from the revenue and pay taxes on it and the drivers pay fuel taxes which maintain the roads.

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  • BH1880

    If they want to go mud riding they should do so on their own land or that of there of their parents. The tax payer should not have to pay for their fun. One end of the dirt road by Mt. Carmel Church has had a heavy layer of slag packed on it. A few days ago some one drove in the ditch in several locations and cut donuts and gouged holes in the road. I heard that Jimmy Barron got the slag as a donation. So the road probably won’t be repaired because of cost.

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  • WDM

    Observer,it is plan to see you haven’t driven on dirt roads very much. Say these people get out on a Sunday mud riding and mess up the road and when I say mess up I mean more than just ruts then Monday AM at 6:45 or so the school bus has to travel that road to pickup kids and gets stuck with a bus load of kids.That is a problem.

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    • areyoukiddingme

      Rather it’s a problem or not it will not stop. If people want to go mud riding then they will. Much like drugs and all sorts of thingals. Why not focus on a more important issue then this. You have never heard a news report of a stuck school bus on a dirt road or even a report of a damaged dirt road. Let’s get real and worry about important issues.

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      • Bill_OReally

        Never hear about damaged dirt roads? You just did. You never hear about anything until somebody tells you about it.

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  • WDM

    Areyoukid, just because you haven’t read it in the paper doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened everything isn’t reported to the law or news paper Also you need to see if your spell check is working.

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    • areyoukiddingme

      Then it’s obviously not a big enough deal to worry about if it’s never released to the people. Isn’t that what’s done with important issues? Also calling out some spelling is something I’d expect your kids to use. If you wanna be technical you missed a period.

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      • Bill_OReally

        You have never heard about it simply because nobody has ever done a newspaper article about it in the Messenger. It doesn’t mean it isn’t happening or that it is not a problem or hasn’t been a problem for many years. If you lived on a dirt road that people were tearing up all the time, you would consider it is a major nuisance.

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  • BH1880

    The fact that some one is damaging a dirt road is not news worthy and probably 99% of the time has not been reported. This is vandalism of public property and finally made the news paper. Speaking of news not making the paper, how is the woman that got hit by the train in Banks last Wednesday Morning?

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    • areyoukiddingme

      If it doesn’t make the messenger then it’s obviously not an important issue for anyone to be worried about it. I’m not arguing rather or not it should be in the messenger or the fact that the messenger did an article on it I’m saying that it’s not an important issue for anyone to worry about to even give the messenger a reason to write about it. If your worried about vandalism to public property then why aren’t there articles and updates about people littering? It’s the same principle. Drive around some trash or drive around a rut.

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      • BH1880

        The garbage/litter issue has come up before with little results. There has been garbage dumped on the road, which may pose a danger. Can any one tell me the last time anyone was fined for littering or if any one has ever been fined? Littering and mud riding are way down on the list of problems that exist in Pike Co.

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  • DirtRoadDweller

    It’s not just a problem here in Pike Co. The problem is the sheriff doesn’t make an effort to prosecute the offenders, unlike Crenshaw Ci which is handing out tickets! http://www.waka.com/news/south-alabama-news/Mud-Riding-Costs-Crenshaw-Co-Thousands-245894821.html

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    • areyoukiddingme

      So its the sheriff’s fault the dirt roads in pike county have some ruts? What about all the other stuff you hear about him doing like drug bust just about weekly. Would you rather him be sitting monitoring dirt roads while your neighbor cooks some meth or would you rather him take care of drugs while some teenagers ride around on some dirt roads? It all comes down to what’s important in society not what a few people are bothered by just because there road is bumpy.

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  • WDM

    Mud riding might seem like just another fun past time for many people, but the damage it’s causing in Crenshaw County is costly in more ways than one.

    Crenshaw County deputies say mud riding is damaging dirt roads and costing the county thousands of dollars in gravel and equipment to fix. The Sheriff says the next step to stopping the destruction is handing out charges for reckless driving.

    “We’re in the process of obtaining a 4-wheel drive vehicle where we can patrol these roads better and get up and down some of the spots because they’re in such a mess that you can’t even get up and down them on a vehicle,” says Crenshaw County investigator, Mike Johnson.

    For people who live on these dirt roads, the ruts and ditches cause problems that are affecting more than just their driving. The damage costs them time, “I got stuck on my dirt road and my dad actually had to come pull me out and I was late to work, but, I mean, there’s nothing we could really do about it,” says Ashley Gorey, a Davis Road Resident.

    Some people who live on these dirt roads say the mud riding also costs them sleep, because trucks come through at all hours of the night and are loud enough to wake people up.

    Deputies say they have already started issuing citations for mud riding and damaging the roads.

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  • DirtRoadDweller

    So WHY did the county not press charges and what is the name of the person who owns the truck? Come on Troy Messenger, a little basic reporting skills could help here! How about you go ask a county commissioner why he isn’t pressing charges instead of letting the sheriff speak for the commission bCall Commissioner JOEY JACKSON – the road is in his district.
    Why didn’t Sherifd Thomas press charges? Oh wait, I know! He would have had to stop campaigning to actually do any real work. He’s not interested in solving this problem. If he was, he would have done something before now. He’s nothing but a typical Democrat who is only interested in four more years of feeding at the public trough.

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  • TroyLocal

    Kids have no respect for other people’s property. I see them tear up the dirt roads every day. its getting ridiculous where I live.

    @areyoukiddingme……you sound like an idiot!! you OBVIOUSLY do not live on a dirt road. People that actually DO live on these roads have serious issues to deal with! I live on a dirt road that gets torn up pretty much every single night and even more so after it rains. You say that you never hear of people getting stuck after the kids have been mud riding? well how about you ride down one of those roads!! It is VERY possible to get stuck when they put such giant ruts in the roads! Trust me! I have a small car and it is horrible and almost impossible to drive down my road after someone’s mud riding time! Just because it doesn’t make the messenger does NOT mean its not a big deal. some of these “mud riders” like to shoot their guns towards fields and they have NO IDEA if anyone lives in the area they are shooting at. The police have been notified and it has still not been stopped. so YES, it is the sheriff and the police’s fault that it is all happening. Next time my car gets stuck in these ruts…Why don’t you come be the one to get it moved? since obviously its not an issue when one cant even make it to work because some kid has messed up the road so badly that its impossible to drive on it. Why don’t you try dealing with this issue before judging it to not be “important” when in all reality it truly is.

    @Observer…. They may be only stirring up mud but they drive so fast and some people have dogs and kids that could be hit. Majority of the time, the county wont even come and fix the road. they just leave it as it is. so all this BS about taxes and revenue sounds ridiculous. I have also seen vehicles stuck for days to weeks on some of these roads….where is your trusty wrecker that should benefit from the the aggravation that us dirt road locals are having to deal with?

    This is a HUGE issue that needs to be dealt with asap. These dirt roads are for public use…not to play on and tear up. I know all my dirt road locals can agree.

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    • areyoukiddingme

      Your right I don’t live on a dirt road but I go on dirt roads everyday and have for years and have never had an issue with anything or anyone. As I previously stated this is a minor issue to society and how our society is run. Just because a small amount of our county lives on dirt roads and complains about it isn’t really important in the long run. Within a few years all the roads will probably be paved anyways so why make a big deal of it now. If your road is rutted up drive on the high points not the ruts. Mud riding traffic isn’t that heavy.

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