I agree for the most part that poker runs that are organized by those that are in the poker run business are safe. The events that are for charities and local fun runs which are "not for profit" suffer from not having the funds that are needed to add to a safe event namely choppers, emergency boats ,etc. etc. These events usually end up being more fun than the large organized runs which is why I think they are groing in numbers and become a reflection on the whole sport.
I too have read all the posts over the last few days and am amazed that A. there is a question of drinking or not B. I've seen lots of photos on runs where there are no life jackets being worn C. I read yesterday that there should be consideration for making event insurance mandatory.
These are three basics that should be established as a minimum requirement.
One should consider the financial aspect of what could happen to our industry. If insurance becomes unaffordable and or poker runs vanish the value of our boats drops overnight and the industry that manufactures same and repairs our toys will be dealt a tremendous blow.
Just my .03