RIVERSIDE (CNS) - The Board of Supervisors today tentatively voted to impose fines on Riverside County residents and businesses using fire, burglar and other alarms that are repeatedly triggered in unincorporated communities without justification, tying up first responders.
The ``False Alarm Ordinance'' received unanimous approval in its first reading on what was the board's final meeting of 2020.
``There may be some bumps in the road with this, but we need to do something,'' Supervisor Kevin Jeffries said.
The measure had been discussed in previous years, but the board never reached the point of actually voting to enact it. The ordinance is a result of lengthy research by the county sheriff's and fire departments, as well as the Office of County Counsel.
``False alarms consume public