Letter to the Editor

Off-roading bans work

Grover BeachSeptember 7, 2013 

I was saddened by the news of the recent accidental death of 19-year-old Felipe de Jesus Amezcua. He was another victim of the dangerous conditions that continue to exist at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. The young man joins 37-year-old Jose Lopez and 31-year-old John Edward Leano II, who died under similar circumstances in 2011.

Then there’s Christopher Meadows, of course. He’s the 24-year-old EMT who died in 2009 while riding an ATV in response to the report of an injured off-roader. The poor young EMT wound up having a stretch of freeway named after him.

Perhaps a more appropriate gesture — and one that would remind future visitors of the very real dangers of riding their sand toys on the dunes — would be to rename the OHV “The Christopher Meadows Memorial Recreational Area.”

There’s a good reason off-roading is prohibited on other beaches in California. Such prohibition saves lives.

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