Abby wrote: I would have thought that, 1.7 million years after I graduated, buggy would have evolved beyond the "drivers are adorable monkeys!" mentality. Notsomuch.
To be fair, I was interpreting the mentality going on here as 'students are adorable little monkeys!' and should not be trusted to make that decision.
If the driver of a buggy involved in an accident is taken to the hospital due to severe injuries, that driver should not attempt to drive a buggy until they have received permission from their doctor that it is safe to do so. The Safety Chairman should verify that this permission has been received.
I can find you two doctors right now, one that will tell me I'm qualified to do X, and one that will tell me I'm not. If I'm clever about how I answer questions, I could switch which told me what. I'm all for trying to avoid liability, but this is too much of a feel-good for me to personally support. Not that anyone is asking. Not that anyone should ask me.
This is also going to make second day races after first day incidents pretty fucking difficult to pull off, and gives an incentive to avoid hospital trips. Drivers are smart. Competitive drivers are very smart. Don't put them in a position to need to lie or risk DQ'ing themselves.
shafeeq wrote:7.2.4: So, with the limted practice time available, you lose a roll to the crash, you lose rolls to getting the buggy fixed, and then you also lose one more to being bagged? On the one hand, this codifies common sense for inexperienced drivers. But high-speed driving is disproportionately difficult, so the fast drivers need all the practice at speed that they can get. If the driver is willing to get back on the horse immediately, a fast roll is more useful practice than a slow one. So leave this one to the safety chair's discretion based on the situation. Also, why is Raceday special? A crash is a crash, right?
Can't say it better, won't try.