The 2012 Laughlin River Run is coming, April 25-29th. This event is considered the largest motorcycle event on the west coast. It take place every year along the Colorado River, across from Arizona in Laughlin, Nevada. This annual event will be celebrating it's 30th anniversary and will draw an estimated thirty thousand visitors. As with every River Run, law enforcement will also be out in full force during this event increased patrols. Law Enforcement has exhibited an increased presence at this motorcycle rally since the infamous Hells Angels – Mongols riot that occurred in 2002.
Last year, in 2011, several arrests were reportedly made during the River Run by these police patrols. Las Vegas Metro reported that 31 people were arrested. Six individuals were charged with felonies, which included drug possession and grand larceny offenses. Over 199 citations were issued for traffic offenses.
On the Arizona side of the Colorado River, Bullhead City Police were also busy conducting saturated patrols. The Bullhead City Police Department reported that they had made a total of 27 arrest. Those arrest included a DUI arrest and a narcotic offense arrest. Both agencies reported few arrest and citations then the previous year.
While the epicenter for the events remains in Laughlin Nevada, many motorcyclist will be enjoying the scenic sites of neighboring Arizona. Whether it's a ride through Kingman on historic Route 66, a visit to Hoover Dam, or a trip to the ghost town of Oatman, Arizona, there is plenty of open road to ride and explore. Arizona police agencies will also be on patrol in Mohave County.
It is expected that the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Kingman Police Department, and the Mohave County Sheriff's Office will have full patrols throughout the weekend. Members of the Arizona State Gang Task Force, the Mohave County General Area Narcotic Enforcement Team, and the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force will have special assignments during this week long event.
If you are contacted by the Police during the 2012 Laughlin River Run, hopefully you will have read my poston what to say when contacted by law enforcement. If you are arrested or given a criminal citation, contact my office for a free telephonic consultation.
The Law Office of Shawn B. Hamp is focused to defending DUI, Drug & criminal charges in Arizona, within Northwestern Arizona and Mohave County including the cities of Kingman, Bullhead City, and Lake Havasu City Arizona.
This post was intended to provide general information only and is not intended as specific legal advice. You should not rely upon this information alone, but should consult legal counsel regarding the application of the laws and regulations discussed and as applied to your specific case or circumstances.