A roller coaster saftey survey.....

Wednesday, January 26, 2005 7:36 PM
For a school project, I'm doing roller coaster saftey. It would be appreciated if you guys could answer the following questions.

1. For the record, what is your name?

2. Do you feel safe on roller coasters/theme park rides? Why or why not?

3. Do you think roller coasters are too safe and the extra saftey takes away from the thrill?

4. Have you ever witnessed an accident/injury on a ride? If yes, was it an injury that was the rider's fault?

5. Has your home park ever had a major accident (requiring hospitalization)?

6. Should there be an upper limit of height/speed/G-Forces/etc. enforced by the government?

7. Do you think that the current government inspections are adequate?

8. Do you think the media unfairly blames theme parks and roller coaster designers for accidents?

9. Have you ever heard exaggerated/fake stories of roller coaster accidents while standing in line for a ride (i.e. someone saying "This roller coaster flew off the track and killed 100 people")?

10. How much do you agree with this statement: "I am safer riding on a roller coaster than flying in an airplane."

11. Do you find that most roller coasters are kept in good running condition?


Thanks for your help.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005 7:42 PM
Before I answer... I would like to know if you are only going to give this survey to those of "us" enthusiasts that read visit this website.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2005 7:46 PM

Neuski said:
Before I answer... I would like to know if you are only going to give this survey to those of "us" enthusiasts that read visit this website.

I'm just looking for coaster enthusiasts. I guess if you're asking if I'm trying to get the general public's opinions...then no, I'm not.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005 8:45 PM
Particleman, check your PM box in the upper right-hand corner ;)
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Wednesday, January 26, 2005 9:09 PM

RamblinWreck said:
Particleman, check your PM box in the upper right-hand corner

Thank you very much.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005 10:54 PM
Ditto.
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Thursday, January 27, 2005 9:58 AM
Thank you very much to all who have replied.
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Thursday, January 27, 2005 10:05 AM
Particleman, if you want a better grade I would change "saftey" to "safety" in your survey.
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Thursday, January 27, 2005 8:29 PM
1)See above

2)Yes, with a few exceptions.

3)No. I don't think that thrills and safety are incompatible.

4) I twisted my ankle once getting into a coaster. I also saw a girl injured by wearing earrings on a ride with OTSR's. This was despite large signs, a PA announcement, and a direct quesiton from operators saying that earrings could not be worn.

5) Based on statistics most any park of real size has had some sort of accident requiring hospitalization in their history. If 20 million people have visited your park, something has happened.

6) Height and speed have little realvance. ASTM standards on G forces are followed by essentially all rides being currently produced. They are enforced by good sense and insurance companies rather than the govenment. (except in NJ)

7) Depends on where you are. They vary from non-existant to quite adequate.

8) They at least sensationalize it

9) Of course.

10) You are comparing apples and oranges. I don't think that comparison is relavant.

11) 51% would be most, so the answer is certainly yes. The issue would be the very small percentage that aren't adequately maintained. *** Edited 1/28/2005 1:33:02 AM UTC by Jim Fisher***

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