Deputies stepping up patrols on Dawkins Line Trail

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The first part of the Dawkins Line Trail opened last month, and Tuesday the Johnson County Sheriff's Office got a grant to buy an ATV they can use to patrol it.

In Johnson County the Dawkins Line Trail stretches 12 miles.

"I've walked on it a few times. I think it'll be alright. We ain't had any trouble out of it so far," said James Hitchcock. The trail runs right in front of his home.

Running through the yards of dozens of homes it is meant to be used for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Now Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies say they are stepping up patrols.

"We are doing sporadic patrols of the trail to make sure people are using it for what its intended purpose was for," said Deputy Scott Hazlette.

Thanks to a USDA grant the department bought an ATV with the sole purpose of riding along that trail.

"We want this trail to be successful, and in order for it to be successful we should be able to ensure people of their safety," said Sandy Runyon with the Big Sandy Area Development District.

Officials say they hope having the ATV will give some people who live along the trial a little peace of mind to know they are out there driving around and patrolling.

"You don't know who will be on it. You got older people lives next to it, and it goes through people's yards," said Hitchcock.

Giving gentle reminders and hopefully preventing any illegal activity.

"Respect the landowners along the trail. Don't trespass on their property, or litter on their property or anything else for that matter," said Hazlette.

Officials with the Big Sandy ADD say they were awarded a total of $29,000 to be split between Johnson and Magoffin Counties and used for safety equipment for the trail.

$10,000 of it was used for the ATV.

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