Utility-task vehicles bound for Bolivar Peninsula patrols

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Posted: Mar 16, 2016 11:29 AM

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Officers in utility-task vehicles will patrol Bolivar (BAHL'-uh-vur) Peninsula beaches in an increased safety effort during spring break.

The Galveston County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved plans to outfit the newly acquired vehicles with emergency lights. Sheriff Henry Trochesset (TRAHS'-uh-set) says deputies could started increased patrols by this weekend.

The Galveston County Daily News (http://bit.ly/1U7M6tR ) officials want the deputies to act as tourism ambassadors and enforce rules. A beach-sticker program requires visitors to pay to park on the sand.

Tickets cost $10 for any vehicle. The permits can be bought through Galveston County or at various stores on Bolivar Peninsula.

Commissioners in February approved spending $57,000 to buy the vehicles, to be paid for with funds from beach parking fees.

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Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com