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some of the worst people on earth have visited the racetrack
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netllama
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Joined: 28 Jun 2006
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Location: SF Bay Area, CA

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:09 am 
Post subject: Re: Racetrack


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TrailHound wrote:
I really don't know what the NPS can do to prevent damage like that. Maybe station a guy out there in an RV with a sidearm and a radio? There is no money to pay him. The parks have already endured severe budget cuts with yet more proposed. Maybe close Racetrack Road to vehicular traffic? If you want to see it, hike in. I don't know.


Not sure what a gun is going to accomplish. Its not like some miscreant is going to look for a gun, and then proceed to drive if they don't see one.
This problem requires law enforcement. The federal govt doesn't need an armed camp host to cite and/or arrest felons.
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crescent
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Joined: 24 Jun 2006
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Location: "they kill people there" place

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:54 pm 
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TrailHound wrote:
I really don't know what the NPS can do to prevent damage like that.


Years ago there was some talk of installing bollards (thick iron posts) along the road shoulder next to the playa, maybe connected by heavy chain. The posts would have been about waist high and the chain low enough to step over, with a few gaps wide enough to walk through but not wide enough to drive through. Something that could rust and weather a little and look a bit like some of the old iron fittings seen in many of the mining sites around the park.

That never happened and probably never will, but it is probably about the only thing that would work, other than trying to have NPS staff or volunteers stationed there nearly all day every day, assuming none of the tracks are made at night. NPS staff or volunteers there would not need to be armed to be effective, as they could always just call LE if they need it. Showing the uniform is usually pretty effective deterrence to obvious misbehavior.

At any rate, a chain with bollards would not be perfect, people could still cut the chain or drive cross-country to get around the posts.

There are not really a lot of good options. The playa south of badwater also often gets driven on, the tracks there stay visible for years as well.
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Sparky of SoCal
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:51 pm 
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Looking at and observing present day society and seeing were it has come from to now I have no doubt the Racetrack is going the way of the Carrier Pigeon. Enjoy it while you can. There is no money or technology to stop the bad guys.
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