To the two young men who were off-roading on private property on Barona Mesa at 12:45 in the morning on Sunday, Oct. 14, you were trespassing. Not only did you wake our entire household with your engines and screaming discussions about wondering where the (expletive deleted) your buddy was when you looked back, one of you crashed on our property.
Yes, we heard that, too. You were only yards from where we had been sleeping in our beds.
We do not pay homeowners insurance, so your insurance company can sue us because you were hurt while being where you had no business being. You were not even on the private easement; you were on privately owned land.
The Cleveland National Forest that you then took your vehicles into is posted, no motorized vehicles, but of course your total lack of respect and regard for the homeowners you so callously disturbed and the private property you illegally accessed proves you would have no compunction about trespassing on posted national forest either.
The dirt roads on Barona Mesa are privately owned easements. They are maintained by the homeowners whose property they pass through and are for the use of the homeowners and their guests who must pass through to access their own property. They are not open to the public for off road vehicles or sport driving at any time, day or night.
Our roadside banks are not there for you to practice and play on. We, and our neighbors, have posted “Off Road Activity Prohibited” signs that you chose to ignore.
Take your vehicles and go to the desert, do your doughnuts and crashing there, learn to respect others’ property and their right to sleep and live undisturbed by you.
So all of you, go elsewhere with your ATVs, dune buggies, dirt bikes and four wheel drive off road trucks and stay off our road and our property. We’ve had enough.
Lisa Douglas for The Douglas Family