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Rednecks With Paychecks Safety

The trailers are in place, and pickups are pulling in the toys, as final preparations for the Labor Day edition of "Rednecks with Paychecks" are underway.

The atmosphere was very different this afternoon compared to when the unthinkable happened six months ago. 

Ten year old Nicholas Torres died after crashing the ATV he was riding on into a parked pickup truck in a parking lot.

"It was an unfortunate accident with a child, Park Manager Josh McCoy said. "Rednecks with Paychecks feels really really bad for the family."

This was the first deadly accident in the eight installments of Rednecks With Paychecks. McCoy emphasized that R.W.P. takes safety very seriously. 

"We have high powered vehicles out here, and we have to plan for the unexpected, McCoy explained. "We want R.W.P. to be the premier mud park in the country. And for that to happen you need to have the safety procedures in place."

The event has multiple ambulances and a care flight at the ready. This year, McCoy said a number of managers formed a "Safety Committee," to try and protect the estimated 10,000 R.W.P. patrons this weekend. 

Officials stress that Rednecks With Paychecks is a family friendly event, but encourage parents to keep a close eye on their children.  

"Make sure if your child wants to ride around on a four wheeler that you're with that child, McCoy advised. "Its just like going to an amusement park. You don't take your kid to an amusement park and let them run off."

McCoy brings his wife and kids to every Rednecks With Paychecks, but he follows his own advice. 

"I do have rules. The rules are, if I can't see you, you're in the wrong place."

All in an effort to make sure tragedy doesn't strike twice.

Texas law states anyone under the age of 14 is required to be under parental supervision while on an ATV. Torres was allegedly not wearing a helmet and was unsupervised at the time of the accident 

Gates at Rednecks With Paychecks open Friday at 8 AM. 

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6
 

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