Can All Of This Media Coverage Influence Us?

Tuesday, August 7, 2001 7:36 AM
I have always strongly defended the safety of coasters, and I always will. I really ticks me off when people call me "crazy" for riding them. The drive on I-95 actually scares me more than getting on the coaster. But now, I have a feeling that all of the latest media "coverage" is going to be in the back of my mind when I ride.

No longer can I say to myself "You don't hear about anyone getting hurt on doesn't happen". Well now you do...most of the time with the coaster portrayed falsely as the culprit.

Have any of the recent events influenced your thinking at all? Please keep in mind I am playing Devil's Advocate when I also ask, "Would you still tell someone who is reluctant to ride that everything will be fine, and that they will be perfectly safe?" (Don't yell at me for that one.)

These are just a few things going through my mind.....maybe I need to go ride a coaster and think about it.

Tuesday, August 7, 2001 7:55 AM
Just chuckle at the insanity, then ride a coaster to get your brain cleared by the adreniline rush. No passenger has been killed or seriously injured by an accident on a roller coaster in the US this year or last year. Few things in life are that safe.

And, yes, the most dangerous part of you trip to the park is the drive there and back home.
Tuesday, August 7, 2001 8:05 AM
Everytime an accident occurs, I think about why I go to an amusement park. Danger is always in the back of my mind when I ride. Let's please stop comparing amusement park rides to driving. It's a very bad analogy.

Batwing-Bow Down
Tuesday, August 7, 2001 8:12 AM
Jim Fisher said:
And, yes, the most dangerous part of you trip to the park is the drive there and back home.

I agree with this statement 100% !! Just yesterday i was sitting and watching the 6PM news when they announced,A day at SFgadv ends in tragedy!!What was the tragedy?? An automobile accident on the way home from the park.

Two girls were killed within miles of their home due to the accident.Anyone else catch this on the news??It happened in PA.


Tuesday, August 7, 2001 8:25 AM
Yes, it can. I never think about the possibility of a crash, but I worried last weekend at Coney Island...while riding a little wild mouse!
Tuesday, August 7, 2001 8:38 AM
Someone once said to me, "Life sucks, buy a helmet." While that's not a very good outlook on life, you can't expect people to sit at home in a padded room. Certainly I think people can be influenced by what they see on TV. Heck, people are influenced by what they read here.

Take the whole Markey regulation thing. Every time there's an accident, people start saying, "Oh, he'll love this," or, "Oh, he's right, we do need more regulation." In either case, these folks who jump on the bandwagon never stop to understand what exactly he was proposing in the first place. (For the record, the bulk of his proposal would empower the Consumer Products Safety Commission to act as a central reporting agency for accidents. Mind you, that message gets lost even more since he clouds the issue with talk of G-forces and hematomas, so it's hard to figure out what he wants without reading his bill. What's worse is he tries to make his case out of "concern for our children." I for one don't need the feds to protect me from amusement parks and Microsoft.)

What I look forward to is for someone to compare the number of real live accidents, deaths and injuries (and I don't mean knee scrapes from tripping in the queue) from this year compared to last. And I don't want to hear that we'll never know because the parks cover it up, because if that were the case we wouldn't be talking about it now.

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