Coolers On Trails Banned Safety Check At Gate Instituted At Stony Lonesome

by | Feb 28, 2018 | 911, Breaking News, County News, Cullman, Public Safety

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Coolers On Trails Banned Safety Check At Gate Instituted At Stony Lonesome

During the regularly scheduled meeting of the Cullman County Commission Tuesday, Commissioners Garry Marchman and Kerry Watson unanimously approved updates and changes to the rules and regulations at Stony Lonesome OHV Park in Bremen. Chairman Kenneth Walker placed those rule amendments on the agenda for this semi-monthly meeting of the Commission.

Individually, those rule alterations are:

1. ALL park patrons choosing to use the trails must stop at the designated entrance to the trail area.

2. During this stop, a park employee will check each rider and the rider’s vehicle. This staffer will check for safety harness availability for all passengers.

3. Simultaneously, the check-in monitor will verify that each passenger is utilizing said safety harness(es).

4. All coolers are banned from the trail areas of the Park.

All of these changes are effective as of 10:20 am Tuesday, February 27th.

Cullman County Parks and Recreation Director – Doug Davenport – indicated after the meeting that further rules and regulation changes may be coming down.

Stony Lonesome OHV Rules and Regulations already ban the use of alcoholic beverages on the Park’s trails.

The OHV Park has a long history of requiring every participant to physically check-in at the central office.

At the main office, each participant/rider gets informed of the potential dangers inherent in off-road riding at Stony Lonesome, AND each participant must sign a Waiver and Release of Liability where they assume the risk for their participation and indemnify the Park, Cullman County, Cullman County Commission, and associates, from liability.

Participants under 19 years of age must have a signed Parental consent.

You can see the entirety of that Waiver and Release of Liability here:

These changes are in response to the tragic RZR rollover incident that claimed the life of a 21-year-old Cullman resident, Hannah Bates.

In this interview, Davenport and Marchman discuss the fundamentals of these rules changes and various topics related to the wreck and the Park itself:

For anyone who has never ridden on the trails of Stony Lonesome OHV Park, this video will provide a visual understanding of exactly what it is like to be a passenger on an off-road vehicle:

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Coolers On Trails Banned Safety Check At Gate Instituted At Stony Lonesome

Timothy Collins

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