Lately, I have run a few stories regarding the purchase, sale and consumption of legal products -Government Regulations and MORE Government Regulations. Needless to say, it doesn’t surprise me to see Colleges soon follow the example – in this case, Yale University.
You see, there was a accident where a woman (Nancy Barry) was stuck and killed by a truck. For the record – This is a a tragedy – I don’t want comments like I got to THIS story.
Anyway, the problem here is that the truck was carrying empty beer kegs. Not that the driver was drunk (he wasn’t), not that the driver failed to yield or obey traffic laws (its still under investigation) – but that the truck carried BEER KEGS.
Now, due to this tragedy, there can be no beer kegs at events or functions, tailgating must end at kickoff and you cannot even be in the tailgating areas after they are closed.
Lets get all draconian.
What if the truck had been hauling Oreos? Would this lead to a campus wide ban during study sessions? How would the students at Yale get their Milk and Cookies? You can apply this skewed logic to any accident .
In fact, the same Yale University in the article below had another freak accident last year – an accident where a student had her hair caught in a lathe, which choked her to death. Did this lead to the banning of lathes on campus? Probably not. How about the requirement of hairnets/hats when working with this equipment? Possibly. If not, it should. Maybe a buddy system when working in potentially dangerous situations? Logical, but unpractical.
What this demonstrates is that something bad can happen at any time. Its part of life.
Instead of punishing everyone, how about setting proper expectations (no vehicle traffic in the tailgating areas during or immediately after games) vs an all out ban.
Yale University has established new rules for tailgating in the wake of the November death of a woman during the Yale-Harvard football game.
The new rules ban kegs of beer at all Yale athletic events or functions.
Nancy Barry, 30, of Salem, Mass., was killed and two other people were injured outside the Yale Bowl on Nov. 19 when a U-Haul truck laden with beer kegs suddenly accelerated and ran into them.
The driver of the truck, a Yale student, passed a field sobriety test. The police investigation into the accident is continuing.
Yale announced its new rules on Thursday. In addition the beer keg ban, large vehicles such as box trucks and certain commercial vehicles will not be allowed in university lots at athletic events, unless driven by a pre-approved, authorized vendor.
The university also said that student tailgating must end at the kickoff of football games, and that all students and guests will be required to leave the student tailgating area after than. People who don't go to the game will have to have leave the Yale Bowl area.
A new "vehicle-free area for student tailgating" will be set up. Students who bring a car will have to park in another area, the university said.
The new rules go into effect immediately, Yale said.
The university plans to review the logistics of Yale Bowl events, including parking, traffic control, crowd control, tailgating locations, police, security, shuttles and signs. Any new policies or practices that come out of that review will be put in place before the football season next fall, the university said.