The extended New Year's holiday weekend started in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area on Thursday as about 20,000 people arrived by early evening, joined by 75 officers from local, state and federal authorities.
The number of off-road enthusiasts driving into the dunes was steadily increasing today, according to Roger Scott, public information officer for the incident management team in charge of law enforcement efforts in the dunes. He reported Thursday night in the dunes was quiet, although a 16-year-old boy suffered injuries when he crashed his motorcycle near Interstate 8.
The boy, whose identity was unavailable, was taken by ambulance to Yuma Regional Medical Center. Information on his condition was unavailable.
As many as 120,000 people are expected to fill the dunes for the New Year's weekend.
After several incidents occurred in the dunes over the Thanksgiving holiday, among them a shooting that has become a murder investigation, two stabbings and a U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger who was hit by a vehicle while trying to make an arrest, law enforcement authorities were moving to increase their presence in the dunes.