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Monster Truck Rallies: Unsafe for Kids!

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Two people have died in the last 10 days ... why are parents still taking their kids to these shows?

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Guest blogger Gina: A 41-year-old monster truck show promoter (and father of two) was killed Saturday night at one of his own monster truck shows in Wisconsin, a week after a 6-year-old boy died and a man was injured in a monster truck event in Washington.

On Friday, that same promoter had been touting the safety of his event: "This is our 16th year, and I wish I had a big piece of wood to knock on right now, but we have not had an incident besides a gal slipping in the aisle at another location. That's been all."

He was the third person to be hurt or killed at a monster truck event in a one-week period.

On Jan. 16 at the Tacoma Dome, 6-year-old Sebastian Hizey of Puyallup died after he was struck in the head by a Frisbee-sized chunk of metal that tore off a truck doing doughnuts during the Monster Jam show.

Another man seated nearby also was seriously injured when he was hit by a chunk of flying debris from the same truck.

And they didn't even stop that show after the boy was killed. Can you imagine?

Kids should not be allowed into Monster Truck rallies. Period. They can't get into Rated R movies before age 17 ... why should they be allowed into a stadium full of big trucks and drunks, where they could get killed? A scary movie isn't going to kill them, yet we protect kids from that.

There's something wrong with the system!

But, if you ARE going to allow kids in (after all, what will the rednecks do with their kids on the weekends otherwise), there needs to be some more safety regulations in place.

1. There should be a glass barrier between the trucks and crowd ... just they have at hockey games. Isn't a flying piece of a car more dangerous than a hockey puck?

2. Children in the stands should be required to wear helmets. I know this sounds extreme, but a helmet could have saved little Sebastian's life. We make 'em wear them on bikes ... why not at Monster Truck rallies, too? They're WAY more dangerous!

3. Kids should not be allowed in the front sections, where the risk of getting struck is greater.

4. They need to have WAY MORE medics on staff. It reportedly took an agonizing 15 minutes to reach Sebastian.

If it was up to me, they would stop having these monster truck rallies altogether. They're NOT a safe or "family-friendly" environment. And what purpose does it serve to drive big trucks around until they break, anyway? I just don't get it.

Do you think monster truck rallies are safe for kids?

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109 comments so far | Post a comment now
Gina January 28, 2009, 8:25 PM

your all SICK! i am a wonderful mother and a damn good wife. you drunk rednecks have no concept of human life? I’d die long before i ever let my kids near this barbaric form of “entertainment” you should all be ASHAMED to be fans of such filth! i bet you all sit around watching Jerry Springer, while your crack addicted children bring home a new boyfriend every night. non of which is the actual father to her unwed satin baby.

Gina January 28, 2009, 9:22 PM

Just kidding. One of those drunk rednecks knocked me up when I was 15.

Randy Barton January 28, 2009, 9:25 PM

And you call us rednecks???
Take your Zanex and go to bed

Paul curtis January 28, 2009, 9:40 PM

Gina, you have attacked somthing that you dont and have not taken the time to understand, The Monster Truck Community is Not tolerant of ignorance and we do whatever we can to get rid of it, unlike you who perpetuates it.

Please, go mess with people who are tolerant of such things, if you can find them.

charlie wagner January 29, 2009, 1:56 AM

this woman OBVIOUSLY has no parenting skills what so ever! going to a monster truck event is much more safer than taking your kid to a ride anywhere on any road where plenty of street races happen EVERY DAY! DUH! i feel sorry for any child that has a parent that uses this site to raise them. gina go back to wrapping your child in bubbles so he can go back to playing halo unless you actually have something thats actually worth time!

Stell January 29, 2009, 7:39 AM

I read a lot of the comments here, and have to say people are hitting the nail on the head.

GODSPEED TO young Sebastian and George - two crazy turns of events that we’ll never be able to shake. Godspeed…

However, I felt the need to post because of the ‘errors’ made in this post:

-I have been to nearly 75 single Monster Truck races over my time - and worked at about 20 of them on the floor, etc. Does this make me a REDNECK? I don’t think so! I am 21, an attending a 4 year private university (set to graduate in May) with a major degree of BUSINESS MANAGEMENT. Oh my god, managing something - MUST BE REDNECK, right?? Jeez…
-The numbers don’t lie - millions…UPON MILLIONS of people attend Monster Truck races in any single given year.
-As for biking and hockey those nails were driven as well. I read and see more about kids hitting a rock on their bike, falling, and next thing you know they’re dead - same with hockey pucks. Who got hit, this girl died, this man passed away in the stands, etc. So watch the sports part of the news, don’t just turn it off when Oprah is done.

Most of what I said has already been posted - but this backs it up as true. It is funny though how your ‘hockey glass’ example was WAY off though.

Again GODSPEED to ALL those involved in the last 2 weeks’ incidents - such a shame, but what can you do sometimes??

Brian Stellabotte - E-Mail me if you want

Stell January 29, 2009, 7:51 AM


-The truck, NATURAL HIGH, involved in Tacoma, WA…
WAS NOT SPINNING DONUTS like all accounts say…it just turned and drove…

-This same truck - from what I saw on different cameras online, etc. - did NOT get pulled off the floor by a forklift - rather, it DROVE off under its own steam

News, rumors, and sensationalism…what’s next?

AND ALSO - I have been involved in SEVERAL MAKE A WISH visits with MONSTER TRUCKS. And I know those visits are just a SMALL PORTION of how many actually go on.

And yes the engineering and skills that go into these trucks - good god - do some research. They are incredible.

Based on this woman’s logic I came up with a small list of child activities that should be outlawed:

-Bicycle riding
-Hockey games
-any sport with a ball, javelin, quarter, or (insert word(s) here)
-Any playing sports
-car rides
-playing video games
-turning book pages (don’t want to bleed out from turning a page)
-no more eye glasses (I wear ‘em anyway - I’ll take my chances)
-playing on the porch

Like I said, just a small list I came up with off the top of my head…

But in all seriousness if this woman had her ways what would happen? Not to downplay what happened, but accidents do occur and that’s just what these were - ACCIDENTS. And because 2 out of about 30 million people were struck down because of accidents - you really think that George Eisenhart (the promoter that was killed) would say OUTLAW Monster Trucks? NO WAY! If that happened he would have died in vain - I know he’s looking down on us RIGHT NOW saying “RUN ‘EM!” He know what has to be done. I will be at two shows this weekend in Maryland, and two in New York next weekend. Either as staff down low, or front row. Love it and can’t wait!

Brian Stellabotte - if you want to contact me

Anonymous January 29, 2009, 5:07 PM


I’d love nothing more than to park a monster truck inside your rather large mouth.

Honestly, all I can think of at the moment is that you’re going to pass on your ignorance, prejudices and paranoia to your own children…it’s as sad as the tragedies that you’ve chosen to capitalize on in your little rant.

God help you.

Lisa January 29, 2009, 5:40 PM

I’m speechless. Its things like this article that give some of us mothers a bad name. I’ve never been nor do I ever want to go to a monster truck show. It has nothing to do with accidents. Its just not for me or my family. Your article could be true with so many different sports. One of the little girls in my son’s kindergarten class was rushed to the ER yesterday by ambulance because of a large gash in her forehead because of an accident with a swing. According to you, we should get rid of all swings. Lets throw the slides in as well. Oh damn no more cars, or dogs, or anything else that makes life fun. If you don’t like the sport thats your right. Calling people names is wrong. I’m going to assume you teach your child(ren) that name calling is bad. Right? So take your own advice. It’s people like you that give all mom’s a bad name.

Troy January 29, 2009, 6:37 PM

I am 20 years old and an Engineering student at one of the top three universities in the MidWest, I got a 30 on my ACT, graduated high school with a 4.06 GPA, and I’m a monster truck fan. Am I a redneck because I love big machines with big tires and large amounts of horsepower? No, I love big machines that are the safest form of motorsports available to the public. I can give you more examples of sports that are more dangerous that monster trucks but are widely popular because they’re fun. Mountain bikes are much more dangerous than monster trucks; while riding a bike with 6-inches of suspension travel and while clipped into the pedals (read: solidly connected), I accidentaly clipped my cranks going through a downhill rock garden, which threw me sideways and caused me to barrel roll sideways down the path. I walked away with scrapes on my arms and legs and a great dean of impact pain. And how about rock climbing; while lead climbing at my local gym (read: clipping the rope into carabiners as you climb), I have taken falls of 10 feet that result in a sudden stop at speeds in excess of 10mph. And if there’s a roof or very large hold on the wall, there’s a possibility of slamming your shin into the feature at that speed, which does hurt alot. So should we ban mountain bikes and rock climbing because you can get hurt? Based on that logic, we should ban beauty pageants because people’s feelings can get hurt, shuffleboard because there’s a possibility that the elderly community that loves the game could potentially trip over the puck if they don’t see it, and marathons because people can get dehydrated, cramp up, get shin splints, etc. Bottom line: danger will always be there, sometimes you just have to take the risk and do it.

Wayne January 30, 2009, 11:45 AM

This entire article shows a lack of respect for the facts,and for the truth.
Since you do not know anything about the monster truck business,,why write this article? Just go back to your wraped world and shut up!!!

Cheryl January 31, 2009, 8:41 AM

I understand everyones concern here I have a seven year old who absolutly loves this event. However if this happend to me I would be absolutly devestated my son is my world. I will still attend this event just sitting higher than normal. Think of the little boys parents do they need all this critisism???? I do not think I am a hick and I do drink beer does that make me and my son low class because he loves these trucks?????? How ignorant on your part. It is a tragady I feel so bad for the parents you don’t go to these events thinking the worst and it is that an accident! Please thought and prayers go to the family of this wonderfull little boy!

Anonymous January 31, 2009, 6:31 PM

why would you say rednecks and drunks i have been going to monster jam for 5 years and nobody hs ever been drunk and like somone else said we are VERY lucky you are not in charge

Anonymous January 31, 2009, 6:48 PM

and if you knew 1 thing about monster trucks than you would know that monster jam is one of the biggest family events in the world and if you are just going to make people feel bad or make fun of the 1,ooo,ooo’s of people who go to monster jam than mission accomplished.and seriously those 2 inccidents were just watch out this is a big word ACCIDENTS so dont even try to leave any comments trying to defend yourself

Sensible 15 year old February 12, 2009, 10:25 PM

Thanks Member of the Monster Truck industry
You said exactly what I wanted to say. I find people on websites like this WAY overreactive. wearing a helmet? at a sporting event? You are insane. I visit these websites for a laugh. I pity children who have parents on these websites. There is a line between safe and crazy, and let me inform you monster jam is one of the safest events you can attend. Like - Member of the Monster Truck industry said, I’ve been folowing the sport avidly and these are the first accidents I’ve heard of. Unfortuante yes, but think how many children die EVERY DAY from other events. Events that you consider “SAFER” then monster jam. If this is the way you actually feel and didn’t post this just to wind people up I reccommend you lock your children in a foam padded room where they can’t get hurt.
Oh and by the way: I LOVE monster jam and I’m NOT a redneck.

Do some research next time before you post garbage like this!

-Rant over-

Anonymous March 27, 2009, 11:17 PM

What else would the rednecks do with their kids?!?! I am sorry but that is the most rediculously classist thing I have read in a very, very long time. It seems slightly alarmist to me to say that children shouldn’t be allowed to go to monster truck shows at all, though the suggestions of sitting in the back and having paramedics on staff seem quite reasonable. Still, you will have much better luck spreading the message of safety if you can just avoid offending half of the country:)

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HAHAHA lady ur dumb

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