Maine Legislature Introduces 6 New Ground Breaking Hayride And Antique Vehicles Safety Measures.  The World Is Watching And We Are The Ones Will Expose If These New Laws Actually Do Anything.

We stand ready to assist in the details to really fix this critical issue.

Here are the facts.

If our choice of words seem to be over the top it is because we have warned each state for the past 12 years that this issue needs to be resolved and they did nothing.  We are talking about real lives and real people and yes some political leaders really do put your safety due to profit. 

We ask if they did not why are people towing HOMEMADE trailers in front of us when they would not put their own children into a "Homemade" Baby seat?  Why did this farmer use a "Homemade" trailer with a cheap Jeep using a Defective Hitch that for some reason the Maine Government will not release the details on?

We are going to find out why the Jet in Asia crashed faster than why this defective trailer and towing system failed.  Just who is The State Of Maine Protecting?

Here are links to our ground breaking safety books produced by Perdue University:

  • No National Safety Standard For any Utility Trailer
  • No National Safety Standard For The HITCH PIN See this publication click here
  • No National Safety Standard For Construction Of These Dangerous Trailers
  • Fact A Tractor Was Never Designed To Be Used As A People Mover
  • Fact A Trailer Was Never Designed To Haul People...It Was Designed To Hall Products.
  • Fact No Inspections On These Trailers
  • Fact No Inspections On These Hitches
  • Fact They Use The Wrong Tire Type....Needs To Be ST Rated.
  • Fact They Use Old Tires On These Trailers With Expired Dates....Yes All Tires Have Expiration Dates.
  • Fact They Let Non CDL Drivers Drive These Dangerous Contraptions.
  • Fact The Farmers Have Lobbied Your Leaders To Give Them Freedom From Lawsuits.  All Farm's Have disclosures that state all activities are "At Your Own Risk"
  • Fact they have lobbied against us to prevent us from exposing the truth.

We are going to hold accountable each law maker who may vote against this ground breaking effort.  We will let the world know if they do nothing this session that each and every loss of a life is directly related to our leaders in public safety who were lobbied by the Utility Trailer, Farmers, Agri Business, Insurance Companies and people who really put profit over safety.

We simply ask that if G.M. is held liable for defective ignition switches
  and Toyota is held liable for faulty air bags then why not these farmers, Utility Trailers Companies, Insurance Companies And Our Political Leaders held to the same standard?

In closing the World is watching and if nothing is done then each and every loss of life due to defective and unsafe trailers needs to be blamed on the State Of Maine that did nothing.  I offer my expertise in this matter.


Ron J. Melancon


Hayride safety bills to go before state Legislature after deadly Mechanic Falls accident

Messalonskee High School students console each other during a Project Graduation Benefit Dinner for the Class of 2016 and fundraiser for the Cassidy Charette Scholarship and Connor Garland's family at The Red Barn in Augusta in this 2014 file photo. Charette, 17, was killed and Garland, 16, was critically injured in hayride accident at Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls. In response to the tragedy, Maine lawmakers will consider a number of bills in 2015 that aim at preventing future tragedies.

Posted Jan. 15, 2015, at 6:07 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 15, 2015, at 7:01 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A hayride accident that claimed the life of a teenage girl from Oakland and sent 22 others to the hospital last October has prompted an outpouring of proposed law changes.

The titles of six different bills released Thursday and sponsored by Democrats and Republicans, including top leaders in both parties, suggest lawmakers are hoping to prevent the type of tragedy that claimed the life of 17-year-old Cassidy Charette.

Charette was riding on a wagon being towed behind a late-model Jeep during a haunted hayride event at Harvest Hill Farms’ Pumpkin Land on Route 26 in Mechanic Falls when the Jeep driver lost control of the vehicle and the wagon overturned.

Maine, like many states, currently has no laws regulating farmyard amusements or requiring safety inspections of hayrides. Following the accident, national advocates for hayride safety urged Maine lawmakers and Congress to create safety standards and an inspection regime.

State Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, is working on a bill requiring an operator of an amusement ride or an antique vehicle to sign an affidavit attesting to the vehicle’s safety.

Saviello said Thursday his bill is meant to address the hayride situation but also a 2013 fatal accident in Bangor that involved an antique fire truck that had its brakes fail as it went down a hill in a Fourth of July parade.

He predicted lawmakers would find some compromise but “something is going to happen, that I can guarantee.”

“We have to be careful,” Saviello said. “We want to react to this problem and try to prevent it from happening again.”

State Rep. Robert Nutting, R-Oakland, said a bill he hopes to author requires farm amusement rides to be inspected prior to opening to the public.

Nutting said he was asked to submit legislation to enhance amusement ride safety measures by a relative of a young woman who survived the accident in Mechanic Falls.

“If you are going to have a commercial ride going on, in order for the public to feel reasonably safe, somebody with some expertise ought to take a look at it,” Nutting said.

Nutting said he wants inspectors from the state fire marshal’s office, the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division or some other authorized state agency to approve the hayride events.

If requiring farms to pay a licensing fee to cover the cost of the inspections is necessary, Nutting said he would support that, too.

“If that requires you pay a $5 or $20 fee, then so be it,” Nutting said. “That’s just a part of the cost of doing business.”

He said the teens involved in the accident in Mechanic Falls, or even most people, don’t have the ability to judge the safety of a hayride.

“I just think when somebody gets on a hayride or some kind of ride, they should have a reasonable expectation that somebody with some expertise has looked at it and said, ‘We believe that’s safe.’”

Nutting said another bill, sponsored by state Sen. President Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport, intends to correct a mistake made in a 2014 law change that inadvertently removed the state’s ability to inspect carnival rides, like those set up on a midway at a fair. New regulations may simply become a part of that fix, he said.

“I’m not interested in the legal side of it so much, either criminal or civil,” Nutting said. “I’m interested in making sure that it hopefully doesn’t happen again — or at least reducing the chances that it happens again,” Nutting said. “But I don’t want it to be so strict that if you go out to the orchard and they offer to give you a ride on a tractor pulling a trailer they have to get a license.”

House Majority Leader Rep. Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, said he too requested legislation in the wake of the Mechanic Falls tragedy. McCabe said it was likely the six titles released Thursday would be merged into a bill or two that lawmakers would work through to create new laws and regulations.

McCabe said he and other lawmakers recognize that not all hayrides are risky or designed for only thrill-seekers.

“There is quite a variety of hayrides out there,” McCabe said. “There’s the hayride when I go to my local orchard and they tow us a quarter mile behind a tractor and then there is the hayride that has sort of evolved over time to be events at night, sort of a spooky theme.”

McCabe said said the discussion between lawmakers will also likely include definitions for what a hayride is compared to an amusement ride that may require greater oversight.

Another proposed bill would require amusement ride operators to carry a certain amount of liability insurance.

Both Nutting and McCabe said the bills are a direct reaction to the Mechanic Falls accident. Both lawmakers also said they don’t intend overly onerous regulation for Maine’s agritourism businesses, but they do want to improve safety.

Lawmakers will also have to wrestle with how much increased regulation will cost the state.

“We shouldn’t be jeopardizing public safety to try to save some money,” McCabe said. “If we need to add some positions in the fire marshal’s office to ensure public safety, I think it’s an appropriate thing we do.”



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