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Should authorities be able to levy criminal charges for "horror show" wilderness rescues?

Should authorities be able to levy criminal charges for "horror show" wilderness rescues?

  • Yes

    Votes: 2 100.0%
  • No

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters

Cliffed Out

For Real
It seems as though for a while NH has been thinking about levying criminal charges against folks who have to be rescued, but should never have been out there in the first place.

Discussion is going full-bore after a couple of jerks, with no plan, jumped out of their cars at the Lafayette trailhead, took off up the trail and then decided they were going to explore some cliffs. Then they got "cliffed out".

The rescue was very dangerous.

So, what do y'all think?

Naughty Pine

With It
The argument against filing criminal charges in outdoor horror show cases, is that people will be deterred from calling for help for fear they will be faulted.

That really doesn’t seem to be a problem! NH SAR calls have gone up, not down, since they started imposing civil fines for stupidity.

But this argument also doesn’t leave space for the risk to searchers who have to do the horror show rescues. There has to be a balance here. We need to be protecting the searchers, not just the feelings and wallets of high risk takers.