Grayson County Commissioners said tearing up the county right of ways to watch mud fly will get a person a lot more than dirty. It could get them in trouble with the law.

Commissioners accepted $250 for damage done to the county’s right of way in Precinct 4.

Commissioner Bart Lawrence said his office had actually charged the man who tore up the right of way by driving through mud in his truck $500 for the damage. However, Lawrence was out of town when that happened and when he looked the damage over, he said he felt it was only going to take about half of that to repair. So, Lawrence returned the rest of the man’s money.

“We were fortunate in this case,” Lawrence said. “He actually got stuck and left his pickup. My foreman found it the next morning and I instructed him to call the Sheriff’s Office. They were very helpful in finding the owner of the pickup and talking to him and explaining the ramifications of the situation.”

While Precinct 4 was able this time to find out who had caused the damage, often county commissioners are not able to find the responsible party and charge them for the clean up.

That means, Commissioner Phyllis James said, the money for the repairs must come from their road and bridge budgets, which means they are able to do less work on county roads.

“My men’s time and the county equipment is better spent on the maintenance of the roadways instead of the cleanup of someone’s ‘fun,’” James said.

James said county commissioners are not playing around about this and they will seek to have those who are caught tearing up the right of ways prosecuted.