The Volusia County’s beach officers are about to get new ATVs for patrolling as a response to several accidents on beach where children have been run over.
January 7, 2012: The Volusia County’s beach officers are getting new ATVs or sand rails replacing the full-sized pickup trucks as response to several accidents on beach where children have been run over. In one of these cases, a patrol officer actually struck a child.
The full sized pickup trucks now used by the Beach Patrol will get replaced by the ATVs cost $15,000 a piece. Captain Tamra Marris said that the possibility of hitting people on the beach has been in the back of the minds of the officers. He added, “Oh, of course, safety is our first priority. That’s what we are down here for.”
The biggest advantage to the new or used ATVs should be improved visibility. A patrol officer, Marris said, “They’re a great tool for us. They’re easily accessible to the public and we’re more approachable and we have a lot more visibility than the truck.”