Bob Myers (rmyers@ONE.NET)
Sun, 28 Jul 1996 09:15:43 -0400
On Sun, 28 Jul 1996, "Paul H. Brown" <phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG> wrote:
>> point C, etc. A bunch of Scouts vehicles pulling onto an
>>emergency-only shoulder is NOT a good thing safety wise and may put
>>the leaders who sponsor this out from under the BSA liability umbrella
>>should anything bad happen.
>What experience, etc. leads you to this conclusion? Is there anything
>in the BSA policy that omits coverage in such situations?
>I think this is an unfortunate comment in an otherwise excellent post.
My experience with convoys includes one with 10 cars where I was at the
back. 2 near miss accidents on an interstate were caused by a driver
not knowing where she was going and being stuck in the left lane when
the exit arrived. Panic set in when she realized the situation and
changed lanes suddenly. Since I knew where I was going, I stayed in the
right lane and could only watch helplessly. Although a more alert
driver would have known the exit was coming and would not have panicked,
and some convoys can be well run, I believe they are inherently
dangerous and are banned for this reason.
As for the liability issue, I have no personal experience. I have been
reminded here many times that BSA will stand behind it's leaders when
they are sued, but BSA expects these leaders to follow national policy.
Get too far outside the policy and BSA is no longer required to defend
Again, I have no personal experience in this and I am not an expert.
These are simple my opinions about the ban on convoys and the risks
involved in ignoring that ban.
Bob Myers, SM Troop 575, Cincinnati, Ohio
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City