Rule 7.1.3 Spot Safety Checks

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At any time during any type of buggy practice session at Carnegie Mellon University, the Sweepstakes Chairman, Assistant Chairman, Safety Chairman, or anyone designated by the Sweepstakes Advisor, may perform a spot safety check on any buggy participating in that practice session. A spot safety check shall consist of checking any or all of the following:

  • Performance of a drop brake test to determine if the buggy’s braking system is working properly.
  • Helmet, mouthguard, goggles, windscreen, interior windscreen (where required), harness, and gloves of the buggy driver. Additionally, the manner in which each is secured should be checked to ensure safety and clear visibility without obstructions.
  • Lights and reflectors, when they are required, such as during after dark drop brake tests and push practices.
  • General condition of the buggy to ensure that it is in as good, or better condition, in regards to safety related items, as it was during its safety inspection, and that no modifications have been made to the buggy since its inspection which could reduce its safety.

Any buggy found to be out of compliance with any applicable safety rules and regulations during a spot safety check shall not be permitted to participate in any type of practice session for the remainder of that day and that buggy’s sponsoring organization shall be fined the amount of $25.00 for the first occurrence and $50.00 for any additional occurrences by that organization during that school year. If a buggy is found to be out of compliance with any applicable safety rules and regulations during a spot safety check on more than one occasion during any one school year, that buggy shall not be permitted to participate in any type of practice session or Sweepstakes race for the remainder of that school year.