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The initial findings have come in concerning the accident at the California 200 off-road race tragedy that left eight people dead three months ago. The race promoter, Mojave Desert Racing, was contractually obliged by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to keep spectators at least 50 feet away from the course. In turn, it was the BLM's duty to monitor compliance with that stipulation, and sadly, neither of those things happened.

Just after the accident, A CNN report speculated on how close watchers might have been to the course and the Los Angeles Times indicated that they were within "a few feet." With that in mind, it's amazing that more people weren't hurt or killed. The BLM has instituted new procedures for approving and overseeing races, and the promoter is waiting to have its license reinstated pending the outcome of the investigation. Top tip, Bo!

[Source: Los Angeles Times | Image: AP/Francis Specker]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The feds failed. Why the hell should the government be responsible for monitoring a racing event. Maybe the race organizers failed, but its not and it should not be up to the government to "monitor the event".

      No wonder our government is so bloated.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just another example of hillbillies practicing one of their finer "sports" that turned very tragic. I think that they should stand IN the road (dirt) and dodge the trucks as they race. That would be a real sport.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OK, let them sue. Now, once this "law suit" is done and over, let someone stand next to an interstate and get run down! Then, sue the Govenment for NOT protecting the people there! Oh sure, there are signs saying you can't be there but where are the PEOPLE making SURE there is noone even close to the road??? We ALL know that wont work though...why? Simple, there's not just ONE person/company who can be held responsibile for such a thing! SUE SUE SUE people! Makes me sick!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am not a big fan of this type of racing, however, I was involved with autocross back in the college days and have seen footage of off road rallies many times, so know a tiny bit about auto sports. What I do know is this; no one wants to keep the fans, drivers and crews more safe than the organizers of the events, (which most times include fans, drivers and crews). Terrible accidents can, and eventually will, happen at ANY event. There is no one really to blame here, except for those who decided to ignore: safety zones, (which as I understand it were clearly marked), safety guidelines, (which usually are well known to fans of this type of event), and common sense. I can only hope that this does not destroy a historic and enjoyable sport for all involved. My thoughts go out to the families of all those effected. I can only hope the driver of the vehicle is alright and is not blaming himself for any of this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shakespeare said it first: "The first thing you do is kill all the lawyers".

      When someone places him/herself in harm's way, especially in these circumstances it is referred to by law as the "assumption of risk". Unfortunately the pltf bar takes the position that no person is responsible for his/her own acts. If they did, there would be no lawsuits. If there were no lawsuits the pltf bar could not live in million dollar homes or drive their fancy Mercedes/BMW/Audi/Ferrari. Wouldn't that be a shame.

      It about the money, stupid
      hewettranch
      • 4 Years Ago
      You got to be kidding .. Its an offroad race if your dumb enough to get that close its your own falt .. that the chance you take at this kind of race..
      • 4 Years Ago
      YET another example of what will eventually do away with American Rally racing. It can't just be a freak accident compounded by people wanting to be close to the action, it has to be someone's fault... and why? because someone HAS to be sued. Thanks lawyers... thanks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Blame. The ultimate drug for a blame-addicted culture.

        Can we not just call it as it is? The people got what they asked for when they stood in the run-off of an offroad race jump. Sorry, but it's true.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep, someone had to be blamed for it. Should the govt had guards standing every 20 yards to make sure people don't throw themselves under the wheels?

        What happened to common sense? You just don't stand 20 inches from trucks flying by in a dust cloud, that's just plain stupid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Used to be it was the responsibility of the PEOPLE for their own well being.

      The 'blame' report is there only for the lawyers, so they can target all the deep pockets possible. But there should be no actionable offense here, as the spectators were the ones to blame. That the nannies failed in their job to protect morons from themselves only shows that the old ways are the better ways (in this instance).
      ednyou
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ah yes .. of course. It was the governments fault! Not the idiots that purposely played chicken with the racers. Let's see .... if we are to believe that the government was supposed to be monitoring the race organizers to assure compliance, how many government officials would have been needed to cover the entire desert course? Pardon me while I puke. It used to be that people were held responsible for their own actions. If this would have happened 50 years ago the consensus opinion would have been, " Duh, the spectators shouldn't have gotten that close. Oh well, it won't happen to them again".
      • 4 Years Ago
      We can't expect the federal government/BLM to monitor entire length of the rally course. I don't want to see federal agents doing crowd control at races. They'll just ban rally racing all together if it comes down to it. Which we don't want.

      Its rallying, spectators do dangerous stuff. There aren't fancy box seats and manicured lawns, people are hanging out watching the cars go by.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yup.

      Blame the feds for not blaming the race organizers.

      Then the feds will have all the more reason to crack down even further, and control even more... because they 'need' to keep everything in line.

      Since when is this the government's job?

      If the goverment wants to publish guidelines that say that spectators should stay 50 feet away from the track, where racing is taking place... that is fine... although it should be plain as day for anyone with half a brain cell to stay back, anyway.

      Playing the blame game only gets more restrictions. It isn't the goverment's job to micromanage everything for everyone else.

      Frankly, this is a failure of the race organizers and track marshalls...

      And more importantly... a failure of STUPID PEOPLE to not mind their own safety, by getting too close to a race course.

      The Feds are doing more than they should already, and this blame game will only bring the regulation down harder...

      And people are going to still remain stupid, enabled by big brother government who they expect to save them from themselves.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i don't blame the race promoters...i blame the a__holes that were to too close to the track and got killed...IT'S THEIR OWN FAULT. There is no reason to ever be that close...even safety trained photographers and track officials know this, let alone unintelligent, untrained and alcohol/drug impaired spectators

      leave it to the weak minded decisions of a few to ruin it for everyone
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