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Kendall County Sheriff's Office photo.

The Kendall County Sheriff's Office says its deputies will begin taking a stricter approach to enforcing rules about off-road vehicles on the roadways. A news release says the sheriff's office is seeing an increase in complaints about ATVs, mini-bikes, and go-carts on public roads with traffic. The sheriff's office says these vehicles are not meant for it and are often operated by children.

The news release says the sheriff's office prefers education and awareness-raising over punishment, but says that approach has not been effective. As a result, people driving off-road vehicles on public roadways will be ticketed and possibly have their vehicle towed.

The sheriff's office is asking parents and drivers of off-road vehicles to keep them off the roadways. The department says it would rather step-up enforcement now than have to respond to a serious crash involving an off-road vehicle later.