Feds consider regulation of roller coasters

Posted Wednesday, May 10, 2000 8:17 AM | Contributed by Jeff

With the freakish number of deaths last year in a short amount of time (none of which had anything to do with the normal gravitational force of coasters) on amusement rides, the folks on the hill are contemplating federal regulation of ride safety.

Check out the Associated Press article by way of CNN.

The piece mentions some of the new Ohio coasters, and quotes Dr. Richard Brown, who has been testing rides at parks like Cedar Point, for years.

One of the central points of this debate is that a Japanese doctor attributed several subdural hematoma on patients to the Fujiyama coaster. Dr. Brown said in last Sunday's Plain Dealer that these cases were caused by pre-existing conditions, and could have just as easily been caused by a sneeze. He further indicated that the rapid acceleration and deceleration of any commercial jet causes longer sustained G-forces than any roller coaster.

The verdict? Once again our politicians want to jump to conclusions and "protect" us from a problem that doesn't exist. They might mean well, but aren't they really just looking for votes? Write your congressman and tell them this is silly nonsense. Even direct them to this story, if you like. Contact them on-line here: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Wednesday, May 10, 2000 1:27 PM
God they just have to ruin everything don't they.

If ya look at the deaths ( they were cause by stupid people doing stupid things. Their are rules and you should follow them ; if you don't then that's your fault...

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Wednesday, May 10, 2000 7:57 PM
What exactly happened the the 12 year old at PGA?
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Wednesday, May 10, 2000 10:01 PM
The 12 year old kid fell from a Drop Zone tower at PGA and died. The ride ops. said the shoulder restraint were still locked in when the ride was over. They found out later that the kid was suicidal. It does suck that "Uncle Sam" wants to "babysit" us and tell us what we can and can't ride. This is a free country, isn't it?

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Thursday, May 11, 2000 3:24 PM
My Mom and her doctor think a brain tumor was caused by riding corkcrew @ cp. She said after she got off her head was hurting. She loves coasters nows.
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Thursday, May 11, 2000 3:28 PM
If it will shut up the media vultures who prey on tragedys like the ones mentioned before, it might not be such a bad idea. After all, federal regulation of carnival rides doesn't seem to have affected their intensity at all.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2000 10:19 AM
I don't think anything can shut up the media vultures... Except maybe duct tape and rope.
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