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Alcohol possession banned on North Cumberland WMA

HUNTSVILLE  |  As of Monday, April 15, possession of alcohol is banned on all wildlife management areas in Tennessee, including the North Cumberland WMA.

The law change, which was announced earlier this year by the Tennessee Wildlife Management Area, effectively bans alcohol possession and consumption on WMAs. While it impacts all WMAs in Tennessee, it is expected to be especially impactful on the North Cumberland WMA, where off-road riding is a popular pastime.

TWRA held a press conference at the Royal Blue office in Campbell County on Wednesday to discuss the impending change, which is being put into place due to high rates of intoxicated driving and alcohol-related accidents, according to TWRA.

“We want to make this a safe place for families and people to recreate,” said TWRA wildlife officer Dustin Burke, who is assigned to the WMA. “We’re tired of going to these families and breaking this news to them. It’s hard to go to a family and tell them their son is dead; that he made a poor decision … It all comes back to before you start drinking and driving, make the decision to not drink and drive, because it affects a lot of people, including us.”

Eighth Judicial District Attorney General Jared Effler called the alcohol ban a “significant change” for the North Cumberland WMA, and asked for the public’s help in spreading the word about the change. 

Effler echoed TWRA’s sentiment about the rise in alcohol-related crashes that are occurring on the WMA.

Possessing alcohol on the WMA will be considered a Class C misdemeanor, and officers will be issuing citations. 

GC Staff
GC Staff
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