Maine Fire Marshal: Hayride Regulations Not Feasible

April 6, 2016 04:00 PM

The Maine Fire Marshal's Office says there's little the state can do to improve the safety of hayrides.

Lawmakers last year submitted several bills seeking to regulate farm rides after a 2014 hayride crash in Mechanic Falls killed a 17-year-old girl and injured more than 20 others.

The Sun Journal reports that a working group headed by State Fire Marshal Joe Thomas and Maine State Police Chief Robert Williams concluded that it's not feasible to create new regulations because enforcement would require specialized inspectors skilled enough to evaluate a broad range of farm equipment.

The group agreed to create a list of safety recommendations for those who wish to conduct hayride amusement rides. There are between 250 to 400 motorized farm rides in Maine each year.

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Spell Check

eden, WI
4/7/2016 08:11 AM

  we have the same issue with hayrides here in Wisconsin. The cops are pulling over bale wagons being used for an evening hayride and ticketing them for no brakelights or turn signals