Published Nov. 10, 2017 at 12:05PM
City looks at new parade rules
Prompted by accidental death of Dylan Thomas, 7, in Miners Jubilee parade July 15
The Baker City Council will consider changes to the city’s parade rules, a move prompted by the death of a 7-year-old boy in an accident during the Miners Jubilee parade July 15.
Dylan Scott Thomas of Baker City, who was riding on a trailer, slipped and fell between a tire and the edge of the trailer.
After Dylan’s death, city officials said they would consider revising the city’s parade ordinance.
City Manager Fred Warner Jr. has written a draft list of rules that would be included with all parade applications.
Warner said the City Council will review the list of 19 rules and consider adopting them by resolution at a Nov. 28 meeting.
“They’re basically common-sense rules,” Warner said.
A few of the proposed rules are related to the accident in which Dylan died.
PROPOSED PARADE RULES
• Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited
• No parade vehicles may be operated at excessive speeds
• No parade vehicles may be operated any closer than 5 feet from a parked car or curb
• All vehicles will keep a 30-foot interval between parade entries
• All axles on trailers, vehicles or floats must be equipped with wheel covers
• Towing vehicles drivers shall possess a valid driver’s license
• Drivers shall have a clear field of vision that encompasses 180 degrees and provide a view in the front and to each side of the vehicle
• The towing vehicle shall have a functioning horn
• Towed floats shall have attached safety chains
• No parade participant shall appear in a state of nudity
• No parade participant shall conduct themselves in such a way as to threaten any other person
• Parade participants and organizers are responsible for any debris left after the parade
• No objects will be thrown from any vehicle (Candy and other items may be distributed to spectators by hand from parade participants walking along side the float)
• No spraying of water or other fluids at spectators from any participant of a parade
• No discharge of firearms/weapons within the confines of the parade without written permission from the Chief of Police
• All children on a float or trailer should remain seated at all times and should be monitored by adults that are at least 18 years of age.
• All seated participants on a float or trailer shall remain seated at all times
• Standing float riders shall have body support and/or firmly grasp hand holds and rails
• No person shall jump off or onto a moving float
See more in the Nov. 10, 2017, issue of the Baker City Herald.
In 1971 J. Standard Baker Quoted " Drivers Towing Trailers Are Four (4) Times As Unsafe As Those In Cars Alone!
Every Locality Is Now On Notice:
This is the first locality in nation that has finially put into writing some sort of rules governing a parade safety.
Up until now....nobody has wanted to do this. The lawsuit compelled them along with our barrage of e mails....against the YMCA and every lawyer in the area made them do this.
The Utility Trailer Industry is allowing their product to be used in a hayride or parade and it was never designed or intended to be used as a people mover.
In addition each owner of the trailer and or pick up also needs to be charged with a crime if their operations should injure a person or kills anybody.