February 25, 2020
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Augusta to boost safety of events like annual biker toy run

Maine State Police | BDN
Maine State Police | BDN
The Augusta City Council on Thursday will consider a proposal to reduce the likelihood of a tragedy during public events such as a 2017 charity toy run that left two motorcyclists dead and others injured.

The Augusta City Council is considering a safety proposal aimed at reducing the odds of another tragedy like one during the 2017 United Bikers of Maine Toy Run.

Councilors on Thursday will discuss a requirement for a safety plan from organizers of parades or other events. The Augusta Police Department proposal would adopt “best practices” outlined in the National Transportation Safety Board report on the pileup that killed two riders.

[Poor planning led to toy run crash that killed 2, safety officials say]

The safety board said in its report released in the spring that a motorcycle rider’s unsafe maneuver triggered the chain-reaction crash on Interstate 95 in Augusta. But it also said organizers failed to mitigate the risks of 3,000 motorcycles entering I-95 without “supplemental traffic control or state police oversight.”

Augusta Police Chief Jared Mills said the proposed ordinance would codify the practices city police are already following.


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