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Worth Co. residents fed up with noisy ATVs

Residents say they are tired of the noise and dust ATVs are causing in their Worth County neighborhood. (Source: WALB) Residents say they are tired of the noise and dust ATVs are causing in their Worth County neighborhood. (Source: WALB)
One resident said that she's called the Worth County Sheriff's Office multiple times. (Source: WALB) One resident said that she's called the Worth County Sheriff's Office multiple times. (Source: WALB)
Resident Evelyn Wooten (Source: WALB) Resident Evelyn Wooten (Source: WALB)
Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby (Source: WALB) Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby (Source: WALB)
WORTH CO., GA (WALB) -

Homeowners in one Worth County neighborhood said that they've had it with people riding their four wheelers, making too much noise and tearing up lawns. 

One woman said she's called the sheriff's office multiple times to complain, but little to nothing is being done about it. "We're not crazy. We just want our peace and to rest," said resident Evelyn Wooten.

Wooten has lived in Worthy Manor for almost 30 years, but she said lately, her quiet neighborhood has changed. "Now, you hear nothing because most of them are in school," explained Wooten. 

But when the sun goes down, Wooten said that's when the four wheelers come out. Creating noise and dust that frustrates neighbors. "It is aggravating," stated Wooten. "Upsetting. This place was so thick with dust you could not even breathe. You could barely see to get from the car, up to the walkway, to my house." 

Wooten said that she's called the Worth County Sheriff's Office multiple times. "The police will do nothing about it, except to say they have to see the children in action," said Wooten. 

Which is something Sheriff Jeff Hobby said that is just not possible with the number of deputies he has. Just two deputies are on duty for the night.  "I'd love for more than anything to catch them out there on the roadway," explained Sheriff Hobby. "But with my limited resources and my budget restraints, I'm doing all I can do." 

Wooten said that if deputies can't be here, then the responsibility lies with parents. And with school almost out for summer, Sheriff Hobby warns parents that if their children are riding these four wheelers without proper permits or helmets, there will be consequences. 

"If we can get over there and we catch them, we will charge them," warned Hobby. "And we will charge the parents." 

Sheriff Hobby said that those charges would be misdemeanors. 

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