The House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday rejected a measure to subject amusement park rides to federal monitoring but promised a first-ever hearing on the issue. Committee Chairman John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) and the chairman of the panel's consumer protection subcommittee, Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), will soon schedule hearings to address the lack of federal oversight of the nation's amusement parks, Rush said.
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While 4 deaths a year is indeed a tragedy, there are many, many more products on the market that cause many more deaths annually than amusement parks/rides.
Perhaps Mr. Markey should have the CPSC spend more time and money on curbing the influx of millions of products entering the country from China that contain lead and other harmful substances. Or won't he worry about that until 5 people a year die from them?
Not that ride vehicle speed really has that much to do with the frequency or severity of injuries to children, but it makes for a good sound bite, I guess. And there is at least a verifiable grain of truth to it: yes, there is a ride that an unaccompanied 8-year-old kid can ride that goes 100 MPH on a good day. Never mind that to the best of my knowledge that particular ride has never hurt anybody of any size or age.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
I would be suspicious of that four deaths per year number they came up with. How many of those casualties were incurred at carnivals and state fairs? And of those in parks, how many were drownings at swimming areas, or other deaths that were only coincidentally incurred on rides? I'm thinking of that death that occurred on Disney's Mission Mars. Didn't that end up being unrelated?
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