LA County Supervisors approve recommendations for rave policies

File photo: Friday of Electric Daisy Carnival 2010, as deadmau5 was playing.
File photo: Friday of Electric Daisy Carnival 2010, as deadmau5 was playing. Caesar Sebastian/Flickr (Creative Commons licensed)

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted a set of recommendations Tuesday to create a policy for electronic music festivals, or “raves,” that take place in LA County.

The recommendations come from a county task force on raves. The Supervisors created the task force this past summer after the death of 15-year-old girl who'd attended the Electric Daisy Carnival event at the LA Coliseum.

The Supervisors want strict ID checks at the gates to make sure anyone at a rave is at least 18. They want anyone who's 21 or older to wear wristbands to prove they can drink alcohol legally. The recommendations call for medical staff to be on hand to treat overdoses and other accidents.

The Supervisors also want rave organizers to hand out substance abuse prevention material - and they want public service announcements so people understand the dangers of using the popular club drug ecstasy.

The recommendations also call on rave organizers to plan “cool down” breaks during their dance-heavy events, and to stop the music by 2 a.m. The recommendations aren’t laws, but the Supervisors want to apply to them to all rave events - in public or private venues - in LA County.

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