The suit claims the snowmobile was not equipped with emergency flashing lights, a siren, and/or other warning devices. In addition, according to court documents, the operator was accelerating the snowmobile at a high rate of speed along the bottom of the ski slope and in front of the lodge, weaving through and around a large number of young skiers. As that was occurring, a number of skiers allegedly "scrambled to avoid being run over." Tonkovich allegedly made no evasive actions and was still accelerating at the time the snowmobile collided with the boy, the suit claims.
The new rules are here. Perhaps you would like to enlighten us as to why they are so onerous? IIRC, they were patterned after the Colorado regs.
I guess you are looking for a response from me on this - I'll try. (I am aware of the incident you brought up)
I am a patroller in Mi. NOT AT THE AREA WHERE THIS OCCURRED.
My comments are:
I have taken "viewed the required 20 minute snowmobile operation video" training once per season for the last 2 years, and signed the form stating I have. Approved Light and Beeper have been added to snowmobiles at the area.
Would the required training, beeper (not siren) and light have prevented this "Accident"?
The Mi. inspector has been to the area where I patrol to inspect the condition on the snowmobiles, I believe he also checked the paper the patrollers and other area personnel signed, stating they had viewed the required training video for proper operation of snowmobiles.
Inspection outcome: All required procedures and safety devices in place.
Snowmobiles are provided by the ski areas not the NSP, responsible operation of these can/do reduce the number of patrollers needed to provide proper extrication of injured skiers/boarders from the hill in a expeditious manner.
As in many organizations "there are people that act irresponsibly" I believe dealing with these acts directly would be much more effective way to mitigate these problems. What I don't know is: Was this act deliberate and had similar actions at this area be allowed to occur prior to this accident ? - I guess this is where the courts come in.