7/12/2015 Update: In light of the violent death at an MX event at Portland’s PIR track (http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/07/tensions_between_pir_motocross.html#incart_most-readnews) here’s yet another report that equates thrill seeking or “sensation seeking” behavior with inability to control emotions:
“The authors note that their findings may indicate the way by which sensation seeking results in negative behaviors, including substance abuse and antisocial behavior. They conclude, “Individuals high in sensation seeking not only are strongly activated by exciting, thrilling and potentially dangerous activities, but also may be less likely than other people to inhibit or appropriately regulate that activation.”
3-1-2011 Update: Thanks to the MX thrill seeking goons – now nicknamed “The Backs Up Against the Wall Gang” – everywhere for posting threats on the web. Nothing could better serve the cause to stop MX from invading communities than having pages of online threats to share with our local Sheriff and County officials. Your fine work to sink your own ship is working well! Keep up the good work – in terms of where to ride these days, your backs really are up against the wall! County officials everywhere need facts to prove that MX is NOT A FAMILY SPORT – and your words always do the best job to bite your phony “we need a place to ride” cause in the ass.
Note: 11-11-2010 Hi there motocross “fans” – please note that comments were closed after I got a terrific file of names and email addresses attached to a variety of amazing threats and profane propositions! Thanks! I do enjoy free speech and I guess that’s about all the hulkin’ dudes and I have in common. All the “praying” and “family” sport bullshit now on the blogs won’t ever erase the great file you have generated. Nothing proves a point more than words directly out of the computers of ye ole abusive thrill seeking bullies! Party on – just don’t expect to party anywhere near MY COMMUNITY. It has been great, though, to connect with intelligent life in other states fighting against the same kind of motocross nonsense. The energy it must take to try to stay one noisy, dusty step ahead of all these communities and agencies and law enforcement – boy, I would be looking for someplace far, far, far away from anything that lives or breathes if I were you.
I did come up with one wasteland for you as an option for MX paradise. I am wondering if you could use some of that radioactive range up at the Hanford site? You could ride forever in circles in a cloud of toxic dust where no one in their right mind would venture in to bother you or to complain about your swell juvenile “fun”. But I do hear there are some endangered bunnies living in radioactiveville so you’ll still have to check those darn environmental protection rules. Talk about a “sport” that was BORN TO LOSE.
It is completely heartbreaking to see the kinds of crash videos that MX fans post online. Totally unbelievable to see actual deaths – one video I found showed multiple horrible ends of stunts, including the death of a man at the X Games. What kind of people post and glorify that kind of carnage – what kind of example is that for children? Oh, I forgot, it is all about SELLING MX crap, right? So “promoters” and stores and “park” owners can hose the public and hook the thrill seekers on ever more unsustainable “fun”. Clockwork Orange meets Mad Max – Hanford beckons.
RE: File No. ZO348-10-C Thomas Conditional Use Application
These comments document that people who participate in motocross are risk takers. Motocross is a highly dangerous sport that does not belong in isolated rural areas without adequate emergency, public safety, and medical facilities. These comments also outline the medical concerns for children who ride motocross and the threats and the bullying behavior that motocross “fans” heap on citizens who contest motocross in residential areas.
MOTOCROSS: A HIGH RISK ACTIVITY THAT ATTRACTS THRILL SEEKING PEOPLE WHO ARE LIKELY TO ENGAGE IN SOCIALLY UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIORS:
“Living on the Edge: Sensation Seeking and Extreme Sports Participation” by Danielle Marie Murray. This research paper outlines how high sensation seekers – like motocross riders – are more likely to engage in risky, socially unacceptable behaviors like speeding, excessive drinking, using drugs, and gambling. Such high sensation seekers are also more likely to become delinquents. That relates to the claim by motocross proponents that the “sport” is an outlet for youth who “can’t succeed” in more mainstream team sports. Sadly, it also explains the anti-social behaviors witnessed all around the county when motocross riders fail to understand the harsh impacts their “sport” has on residential areas, wildlife and natural resources, including air, water, and land.
Here’s another reference paper about thrill seeking:
This demographic clip shows the likely participants are not families: “The activity is most popular among persons who are male, aged <30 years, white, residents of nonmetropolitan areas, and have less than a college education.”
The “risk taking” behavior is played out in the cat and mouse games dirt bike riders engage in all around the nation as they ride in unpermitted areas such as the current track in Molalla. The “socially unacceptable” aspect of the risk takers’ personality type is proven over and over in the lack of empathy and compassion dirt bike riders show when community concerns are voiced. Rather than step up in a socially responsible way with compassion for the impacts they cause, dirt bikers respond with threats, profanity and insults to try to bully residents who simply want to preserve their right to enjoy a quality life of peace, quiet, and privacy.
The ongoing, documented online threats around the nation include threats in Longview to invade and ruin private property because a citizen complained about Longview MX, threats against a Reverend who started the process to shut down the unpermitted “Cadillac Ranch” MX facility in Thurston Co. Wa, threats in against the “NO MX in Maltry, Wa. forces and threats against neighbors in the Molalla area who are working against the Thomas proposal. I already submitted the ThumperTalk “some should burn that bitch’s car” threat. Since then there have been dozens of profane and threatening emails, including one suggesting that “there should be a license to hunt people (who oppose motocross).
Risk taking and bullying behaviors don’t belong in isolated areas far from good public safety resources. The long history of violent behaviors already submitted under “Problems at Washougal MX” shows that night use camping is the most prone to produce problems and the most difficult for rural police staff to deal with (quote from Columbian 8-2-98 “Brawl at Motocross Race…) ““We’re totally ill equipped to deal with riots in this county,” (Clark Co. Sheriff Dept) Cooke said.”We have no riot equipment. We have no riot training. We don’t even have helmets. We are in a no-win situation with this motocross. It has too many people, and we don’t have the people to deal with it.”
RISK TAKERS: An Example from a “discussion” on ThumperTalk about “Mr. T’s”, an illegal track in Va. (quote):
11-26-2007, 04:53 PM
anyone who lives in southeastern va or n.c needs to be aware that the state is trying to shut down the track in ivor known as mr t’s hunt club. The cops, ATF, came and raided the track with police cars, hummers and a helicopter. They tried to make everyone leave and took the names of those who didn’t. for those of you who ride here know this is a clean, safe family oriented track and we need to help to save this facility. The E.P.A. is involved and is saying that it is causing to much erosion,and must be leveled.This is one of the last places to ride in the area and please spread the word and write to your congressman about this and help to save Mr. T’s hunt club. In the mean time continue to go out and ride there and enjoy it before the state of va steals another one of our rights.
11-28-2007, 04:15 PM
thats discusting, i cant stand greenies and the epa…
11-28-2007, 07:04 PM
it’s all a bunch of tree huggin hippie crap!!:mad: 😡
12-10-2007, 08:05 AM
I hate to be the one to tell you this, but Mr. T did not do every thing right for his track. It is an illegal track, and Mr. T has an outstanding court order against him, which he signed, in which he agreed not to use that track and not to do any more construction on that track. He built it in 2002 without any permits and in violation of the zoning and environmental laws, and after over 160 of his neighbors had signed a petition opposing construction of the track. He ignored several warnings from the county and requests from his neighbors to tone it down. Instead, he kept adding to the track and letting more and more people come over there and ride. There is one internet posting that estimated that there were over 150 people on that track on Saturday of Labor Day weekend. I was with my family that owns property near there that day, and it was really loud. I personally know of three neighbors in the area that called the police that day about the noise, and there were probably more. The only reason the Police did not go over there that day was because the investigation for violation of the court order was still going on, which resulted in the raid which took place. And the more noise you make about what a great place it is to ride just gives them more evidence that he was violating the court order all along. So he is in the classic catch-22 situation.” (end quote).
It was interesting that, after the above “voice of reason” post, the bloggers got very paranoid that “Bryan” offered legal facts that didn’t support “Mr T’s” illegal venture. In our experience in Molalla, anyone who provides legal facts about motocross is attacked with hate speech that often reeks of misogyny, profanity or homophobia.
2. MOTOCROSS CELEBRATES CONFLICT
A quick google of “motocross fights” brings up dozens of videos of fights among motocross participants. Blogs like “ThumperTalk” discuss these fights as if they are routine and funny. Rowdy behaviors don’t belong in our farm/forest zones near residences. Here are links to some “motocross fight” videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Erq6i3-i8o (this is a big one)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i7fD6wTe44 (spectators fight)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjg_So1XDxw (this is quad fight which also documents the destruction of land and streams by off road vehicles)
3. HEALTH/SAFETY DANGERS OF MOTOCROSS
The internet also provides a myriad of warnings about the dangers of motocross, especially for children. Below is a clip from an “Introduction to motocross” site that warns potential participants of the risks, followed by a number of medical site articles outlining the concerns of medical experts about the extreme dangers of motocross participation. One medical expert in the below “Motocross unhealthy” article notes that lack of insurance by may injured motocross participants puts the payment burden on society – so our local fire/emergency services could be left without payment when motocross rides are injured; quote from a concerned doctor: “Further evidence of parental irresponsibility is the fact that less than half the patients I’ve treated have medical insurance. This leaves us, the taxpayers, to foot the bill”.
Our community is not capable of providing the complex emergency services that would be needed to support hundreds of motocross riders and fans. The promoters of this “park” try to claim it is a ‘family” oriented event facility/campground. I question, given the medical realities of extreme risk taking sports, why any responsible parent would promote motocross as a “family” activity for any child under 18. First, a quote about “reality check” from an Introduction to motocross site:
“Important Reality Check:
Motorsports racing is inherently dangerous. There is always a risk of serious injury. Riders should not participate in events or ride unless they have adequate medical insurance to cover a catastrophic injury. Riders and/or their guardians are solely responsible for preparing all equipment. Ride at your own risk.”
ARTICLES DOCUMENTING THE RISKS, ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN
By JAMES HARRISON/The Daily Journal
Thursday, November 21, 2002 –
During the last two weekends he’s worked at the Ukiah Valley Medical Center, Dr. Kenneth Hoek has dealt with six serious motocross injuries. Four of the six involved children.
The orthopedic surgeon treated one ten-year-old boy who broke both of his wrists, one of which required surgery, the other a cast. Another fourteen year old boy broke his shoulder, also requiring surgery.
“Kids as young as four years old are allowed on the track,” says Hoek. “These kids go far enough to get airborne. When you’re airborne, you have enough kinetic energy to break any bone in your body – including your neck and spinal cord even when wearing full protection.
“When they’re on the track in full gear, these kids look invincible. When I see them, they are like all other hurt kids scared and with no concept of what just happened to them or the possible long term consequences.”
Injuries to the joints are particularly dangerous for children, he stresses, because, “that is where the growth centers of the bones are. For example, a fracture in an adult in this area simply needs to heal. A fracture in a kid needs to heal, but if the bone doesn’t grow right then it will cause deformity and major damage.”
Despite all the protective gear they wear, he continues, because motorcross participants have to be free to steer and otherwise operate their bikes, their joints are still vulnerable to injury.
“I’m worried I’m going to be seeing a significant broken neck soon, with death or paralysis.”
Most parents, Hoek believes, “do not realize how dangerous this is for their kids.” Once they do, he adds, “most of them say they’re not going to let their kids race again. What I am hoping is that a little publicity to let parents know how dangerous it is, will slow down this carnage we are seeing.”
Blair Aiken is a promoter for North State Racing Association, which puts on motocross events at Redwood Empire Fairgrounds.
“The parents,” counters Aiken, “are well aware of the risks involved. Before they can even practice racing, they have waivers they have to sign. A waiver of liability release against the State of California (which owns the fairgrounds,) then it just goes right on down the list to the insurance companies and stuff like that.”
In addition, he continues, “One thing the doctors are failing to recognize is, yeah, the last race that we had, we had two broken arms, one kid broke both arms which was unfortunate, another kid broke another arm, but for that three days, we probably put three hundred riders or better on the race tracks.
“If you look at high school football, I think there are 12 players on the field at a time for each team, versus one of our starting gates (which) holds 28 bikes, and we could drop it up to three times in a race.”
In other words, Aiken asserts, the risk of injury compared to other sports is relatively low. “There is risk in any type of sport than you do, and it is just that we have more participants with a higher skill level, with motorcycles.”
He also feels that many of the injuries that do occur, happen off the track.
“I see kids that come all the time to a motocross track and they’re in a cast and I say, well, what happened to you?’ and they say well, I was over at a friend’s house goofing off and I broke my leg.'”
Still, he acknowledges there is some risk involved, even on the track.
“The main injury that we have for some reason, we have quite a few broken arms, because they just fall…Secondary to a broken arm, collar bones seem to be a big thing too.”
Physicians not convinced
Dr. Hoek disputes the idea that most of the serious accidents happen off the track.
“The injuries I’ve seen, have all happened on the race track,” he insists. “I’m talking specifically about ones on the track. Secondly, even if you took (those) numbers of 300 kids, and three major injuries that is one out of a hundred. That is very high. In the course of a football season I may see a few knee injuries, but never in the concentrated numbers like we’re seeing from motocross. I’ve treated football injuries here in Ukiah for over twenty years. They’re not as prevalent and kids are older.”
Hoek is not the only physician concerned about the issue.
Doctors Marvin Trotter and Roger Cheitlin work in the UVMC’s emergency room.
“I saw an injury just last week,” says Trotter, “a ten year old child who was thrown from his motor bike and into a mound of dirt. Fortunately he was wearing a cervical collar as a safety precaution … Had he not been wearing the C-collar, he could have suffered a serious spinal injury.
“One patient I had was a 16 year old who ripped open his inner thigh after part of the bike (tore) open his right leg during an accident with another cyclist. He had a good eight-inch laceration.”
Another 12 year old suffered an injury to his spleen, which “fortunately did not require surgery. People frequently have their spleens taken out when they have such injuries.” Damage to the spleen, Trotter adds, is “potentially fatal.”
“These people are wearing lots of protective clothing, and they are still having lots of serious injures, which should speak volumes about the risk involved in the sport,” he concludes.
“I’ve seen a number of young kids who come in with significant injuries who do motocross,” Cheitlin weighs in. “They’re wearing helmets, they’re usually there with their parents. I’ve seen forearm fractures, joint seperations…The ones I’ve seen within the last year have been on the race track.”
While he may disagree about where the injuries occur, Cheitlin does agree with the motocross promoter on one count.
The parents of his patients, Cheitlin says, “seem to be pretty aware of the risks. They often tell me oh, our son has broken the other arm the year before, or broken their wrist before,’ so they are obviously aware of the risks and support their children doing this. Which amazes me.”
Hoek finds such an attitude disturbing.
“Parents are a big part of the problem. The kids are going to push their parents to be allowed to race. If parents aren’t responsible enough to keep the sport safe, then it becomes a form of child endangerment.”
It is one thing for adults to pursue a dangerous activity, knowing the risks involved, Hoek argues, but for children who don’t fully comprehend their own mortality, it is quite another.
“Further evidence of parental irresponsibility is the fact that less than half the patients I’ve treated have medical insurance. This leaves us, the taxpayers, to foot the bill,” he adds.
A parent’s perspective
Ukiah resident Anne Nix is the mother of two young motocross participants. “We’re in kind of an unusual situation,” she notes, “in that we have two girls. Julie started when she was five and Alisa started when she was three. And in all these years of racing, neither of them have been hurt in any way.”
Julie is now 15, and Alisa 13.
“Of course they wear all the safety gear. We take them out and before any race we look at the track to determine the way they should go that would be the safest for them,” Nix continues.
As for the risk of injuries, “of course, as a parent I’m concerned about anything that happens to them, but I mean it could happen at school. There’ve been children who’ve broken bones on the monkey bars at school,” she says.
Both of her daughters are covered by insurance, Nix adds.
Danielle Piffero, a Redwood Valley parent, continues to support her two sons participating in motocross, even though one was injured.
“I have two boys that race and have been racing for long time. I just had one injured a while ago. He broke his collarbone.” Her injured son was practicing for a race on a track outside of Ukiah, Piffero adds.
“He missed a couple of days of school… and he’s okay to race again.”
At no point, she says, did she consider asking her son to quit racing, because he enjoys it so much. Like Aiken and Nix, Piffero believes risk is a factor with most athletic endeavors, and motocross is no different.
“It didn’t seem any worse than any other sport to me. Another friend of ours, their son plays football … and he got knocked out. They had to be worried about a concussion.”
Both women say that the sport has become a part of their family life, so much so that even if their children were to experience truly serious injuries while pursuing it their attitudes will not change.”*
*(Obvious example of risk taking parents failing to recognize their duty to protect their underage children)
Motocross Sports – High Velocity Toys Merit Caution
New studies look at incidence of orthopaedic traumas in children,
caution multiple riders March 8, 2010
A. Noelle Larson, MD, a Fellow in Pediatric Orthopaedics at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, and co-authors at the Mayo Clinic found that pediatric motocross patients treated at a regional Level 1 trauma center sustained severe injuries, frequently required admission and surgical intervention, even though they were wearing helmets and safety equipment.
Both recreational and competitive motocross activities were included. Over a seven year period, 299 cases were noted in 249 patients, under the age of 17 years old:
- the mean age of patient injured was 14.1 years;
- 94 percent of patients were male;
- 141 cases required hospital admission for a total of 412 inpatient days;
- 20 patients required intensive care unit admission; and
- surgery was performed one-third of the time.
Dr. Shea added, “the increase in ATV-related injuries also places a greater demand on the health care system in terms of hospitalization time and charges. The current steps taken by the ATV and motorcycle vehicle industry are not enough. Actively engaging the riders, manufacturers and vehicle dealers will be critical, if we want to reduce injuries.
“Developing and enforcing a mandatory safety training session before these vehicles can be operated may be an important first step. Better education will be essential, as it is important to educate riders, parents and the public about the potential for serious injury,” concluded Dr. Shea.
CDC: Nonfatal Injuries from Off-Road Motorcycle Riding Among Children and Teens — United States, 2001–2004
Off-road motorcycle riding, like operating motor vehicles on roadways, requires physical skills and judgment that children and young teens do not possess. In 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that parents not allow children and teens aged <16 years to ride off-road motorcycles or ATVs and that states prohibit the use of such vehicles by children and teens in that age group (5). Studies of ATV use indicate that state laws with age restrictions for off-road vehicle use can be effective in decreasing the proportion of riders under the minimum age and that requiring riders of off-road vehicles to wear helmets can reduce the risk for fatal injury (7,8). However, only 19 states require off-road motorcyclists aged <18 years to wear helmets, and only eight states† set minimum ages (range: 8–14 years) for operation of off-road motorcycles, according to the American Motorcycle Association (9).
Health-care providers should counsel parents regarding the risks associated with children and teens riding any type of motorcycle and the benefits of helmet use (10). This intervention and promotion of minimum age restrictions and helmet laws might help curtail the increase in off-road motorcycle injuries among children and teens.
This report is based, in part, on data contributed by T Schroeder, MS, C Irish, and other staff of the Div of Hazard and Injury Data Systems, Consumer Product Safety Commission; and statistical assistance from T Haileyesus, MS, G Ryan, PhD, and K Thomas, MPH, Office of Statistics and Programming, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC.
Nonfatal Injuries From Off-Road Motorcycle Riding Among Children and Teens — United States, 2001–2004
Posted: 06/22/2006; Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report. 2006;55(22):621-624. © 2006 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
During 2001-2004, an estimated 23,800 (32.6 per 100,000 population) children and teens aged ≤19 years were treated at U.S. EDs for off-road motorcycle injuries each year ( Table 1 ). The injury rate increased 33.7%, from 26.4 per 100,000 population in 2001 to 35.3 in 2004; however, this difference was not statistically significant (p = 0.31). Patients aged 12-15 years had the highest nonfatal injury rate (62.1 per 100,000). Patients aged <16 years accounted for 69.9% of those injured; 88.4% of those injured were males, and 97.1% were driving the motorcycle. Overall, 7.5% of those injured were hospitalized.
By location, 20.0% of the injuries occurred in motocross areas, and 70.2% of those injured were reported as riding dirt bikes/trail bikes when they incurred their injuries. Those injured in motocross areas were more likely to be hospitalized than those injured in other off-road locations (14.9% versus 5.6%; p = 0.01). According to the narratives abstracted from ED charts, 8.9% of the injuries were sustained during a motorcycle jump, and 5.3% resulted from hitting another motorcycle or other off-road vehicle. Among jump-related injuries, 74.3% occurred in a motocross area.
Serious injuries (i.e., fractures or internal injuries) accounted for 39.1% of the principal diagnoses ( Table 2 ). The primary injury was to an extremity in 61.9% of patients, and 35.6% of extremity injuries were fractures. The head or neck was the primary body part affected in 16.8% of cases, of which 47.4% involved an internal head injury.
Motocross Morbidity: Economic Cost and Injury Distribution in Children
Poster Presentation Number: P258
Location: Morial Convention Center
Anthony A Stans, MD Rochester MN
William J Shaughnessy, MD Rochester MN
Mark B Dekutoski, MD Rochester MN
Michael J Quinn, CRNA, MNA Rochester MN
Annalise Noelle Larson, MD Dallas TX
Amy L McIntosh, MD Saint Paul MN
Pediatric motocross patients treated at a regional Level 1 trauma center sustained severe injuries and frequently required admission and surgical intervention, for the most part, orthopedic.
Motocross is a nationally-organized sport which is growing in popularity. The distribution and severity of motocross injuries in the pediatric population is not known. We hypothesize a high rate of musculoskeletal injuries requiring hospitalization and/or surgical intervention.
All patients 17 years old or younger with injuries sustained while using off-road two-wheeled motorcycles were identified through surgical, diagnostic, and trauma registries at a Level-1 regional trauma center. Type, severity, and mechanism of injury were assessed as well as charges billed for medical care. Both recreational and competitive motocross activities were included.
From 2000 to 2007, 299 cases were noted in 249 unique patients. In 141 instances, hospital admission was required, for a total of 412 inpatient days. Twenty patients required ICU admission. Surgery was performed in 91 cases (81 orthopedic, 6 general, 1 urology, and 4 facial reconstruction). Orthopedic surgical procedures included treatment of 29 femur fractures, 8 forearm, 6 ankle, 5 tibial shaft, 6 proximal tibia, 5 spine, 6 proximal humerus, 4 hand, 4 foot, 3 elbow fractures, and 5 other. Orthopedic interventions also included 8 reductions under general anesthesia and 31 conscious sedations. Mean age at injury was 14.1 years (range 5.4 to 17.9). 94% of patients were male and 85% were Caucasian. The majority of patients were wearing helmets/safety equipment. One hundred and eight-four injuries occurred on a track, with 150 during competition. Mean charges billed per injury was $14,947 (range $105 to $217,780) with a total cost of $4.5 million.
Nearly ½ of motocross patients treated at a regional Level 1 trauma center required hospitalization, and nearly 1/3 required surgery. The vast majority of surgical procedures (89%) were orthopedic. Despite a high usage rate of helmets and protective gear, severe injuries were still sustained, including femur fracture (29), hemiparesis/spinal cord injury (2), and head injury (43). The majority of injuries occurred during organized race or practice. Families should be counseled regarding the use of safety equipment and the severity of injuries sustained during competitive motocross activity.
A commercial motocross “park” is not an appropriate land use or social activity for rural Molalla farm and forest lands. We lack quick police response, have limited emergency resources, and are far from the hospitals that are needed to treat the serious injuries that occur often in motocross activities.
Most of all, our community doesn’t wish to act as the “host” for risk takers who have already proven that their preferred method of “discourse” is to bully and threaten when local citizens stand up to protect our lands and our quality of life by opposing motocross near established residential areas. We have a large and growing record of these types of ongoing abusive threats to Molalla area citizens from the motocross “fans” and will continue to document these threats for local safety authorities.
Please deny this conditional use proposal.