Ask Joe: Did Lovelock family follow safety rules?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 12/18/2013 9:13 pm
A viewer wrote in with a question  about the recent rescue of a family in the snow near Lovelock.
Donn Todd wrote asking if he's the only one to notice there were six passengers in a small Jeep with some young children requiring safety seats?
Donn asks are we that desperate for heroes that authorities used that term in this story?
He's concerned about the lack of attention to safety in the first place.

I checked with Pershing County Sheriff Richard Machado about this.  I asked him whether he had any concerns about if the family followed the law in terms of safety in the car when they headed out into the snow.

Machado says he's not worried about that and he says no charges will be filed.  First of all as far as child safety seats and the number of people in the car that's a violation an officer has to witness before he can cite someone.  

Machado says he's just glad the family's okay and he's willing to call it a "wash" in this case considering everything they went through.

Finally, Sheriff Machado points out in Lovelock there are no movie theaters, and no bowling alleys.  So when people are looking to recreate or get away, this is what they do. They head out into the wilderness as this family did.
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DOTS911 - 1/6/2014 8:52 PM
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We all make mistakes at some time or another. Question is, do we deserve to die for them? I say no! It's better to learn from them. This and other near tragedy stories is why I developed a way to make cell phone calls from locations like Seven Troughs where you normally can't. See my blog for details and pictures: I want everybody to be able to make calls from extremely bad cell signal locations. I even have a cell phone app to direct you to the nearest signal when you have none.

Daddyooo - 12/20/2013 7:14 AM
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law is law idiots... they can't do anything even i they know its wrong... thats why they have they child seat/ drunk driver check points This family is a bunch of flat landers who went past their level know how and was not prepared and let the whole I got a jeep mentality take over and luckily it didn't kill people... almost as bad as the guy on the other side of the sierra get his kids lost cutting a tree down...

yakimared - 12/19/2013 5:15 PM
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Why can't people just be happy that they were found alive? Why must we make a federal case out of everything. Should they have been trying with 6 people in the Jeep well No but they did it, I don't know maybe being stuck in the mountains for 2 days in below zero temps not knowing if your are going to make it out or not with 4 kids under the age of 10 is penalty enough? maybe we should take them down town Lovelock and tar and feather them. Yes they are hero's they did everything right after getting stuck their actions saved their lives.

retired51 - 12/19/2013 4:28 PM
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retired cop you must be from lovelock???

retired cop - 12/19/2013 4:23 PM
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I simply cannot believe that ANY simple-minded, lives-in-his-mom's-basement BUSYBODY could, for absolutely NO GOOD REASON, attempt to make an issue of this! GET A LIVE OF YOUR OWN, DONN!

retired51 - 12/19/2013 4:22 PM
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According to the Sheriff, all the backwards ignorant folk in Lovelock go out into the hills and endanger their children...cause that's just what we do!!! The sheriff is just as ignorant! Here is another tid bit that people don't know. One of his deputy's was following car tracks in the snow the day after they were missing and it was the only tracks and it started getting dark so he turned around and went back and didn't even tell anybody when he got back that he had been following tracks! STUPID!!

SuperNinja - 12/19/2013 10:31 AM
1 Vote
Finally, someone is addressing the elephant in the room.

Kramer - 12/19/2013 9:37 AM
1 Vote
clueless Jeepin'; ain't got no excuse. Try cable next time (winch winch)

Speed - 12/19/2013 3:25 AM
3 Votes
I'm sure you know all about living in Lovelock. Maybe YOU should get a little experience in small town live before you start judging other people.

DaveAsh - 12/18/2013 11:15 PM
1 Vote
Donn Todd needs to get a life.

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