A tragic accident emerged from the University of Alabama Homecoming parade last weekend when an 8-year-old girl was run over by an 18-wheeler truck while going after a piece of candy tossed from a float. The debate ensues over whether candy and other items should be thrown from parade floats, risking the lives of children and others who run to pick them up amidst moving vehicles.
Law enforcement officers and others are pushing for a ban on candy-throwing at parades. Tuscaloosa Police Chief Ken Swindle said the following:
“We have not had a child that I’m aware of be hit in the past,” Swindle said. “We’ve had children run out in front of floats. It’s a dangerous situation where we’ve asked that candy not be thrown from the floats.”
Apparently the SGA’s Homecoming rulebook states that only people walking beside floats are allowed to dispense candy by handing it out rather than throwing it. Looks like these rules need to be strictly enforced or other measures taken to prevent more terrible accidents like these.