Charges Considered After 2 Dead and 31 Injured in Weekend Avalanche
Mar 18, 2010
2 people were killed and 31 injured when a massive avalanche struck the site of an informal snowmobiling competition. The event was held despite repeated warning from avalanche experts that the area was dangerously unstable. The fact that police are considering laying charges against organizers of the event should be a warning to off-roaders. Why? Because we do the same thing: we use the Internet to organize outings and it's very easy to end up with a mass of people congregating in a place where they either shouldn't be or in numbers that require some sort of crowd management.
It only takes one person being killed by a rolling vehicle to have the government take a close look at four-wheeling and begin the slow but inevitable chain reaction of politicians being encouraged by anti-'wheeling groups to constrain even more of our freedoms with bureaucratic red-tape.
So think twice before you make the decision to hold any kind of off-roading event, and if you do, remember that your actions could end up being investigated, so act with as much caution, responsibility and foresight as you can. Every bit of accident prevention you apply to the event could pay off very well later on if anything goes wrong.
The avalanche article can be read here:
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