Michigan riders assess risks and safety of amusement rides

Posted Wednesday, August 1, 2001 4:36 AM | Contributed by PointMan

Though there is some reluctance following the Chaos accident at Michigan's Adventure, most riders feel safe.

Read more from The Lansing State Journal.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2001 6:01 AM
Tell me about it! I went yesterday to MIA thinking there would be no lines and I could see what's up with chaos, but boy was I wrong! I would say yesterday was the busiest non-weekend day I have been there, by far. It was swamped! Everywhere there could be a line, was a line. I bet MIA is happy they didn't close yesterday.

Life is a roller coaster...enjoy the ride!
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 6:20 AM
My channel 19 news station did a report on that. Choas and some other coaster that looked like the track layout of Face Off at Kings Island or Dejavo.
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 7:09 AM
the only coaster they have that is a steel and isn't a kiddie is corkscrew which is nothing like face/off or deja-vu
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 8:49 AM

This shows to me that the rides are safe. Check out the following, from the article posted at the beginning of this thread:

"Rider behavior was at fault in 46 of 47 rider injuries reported last year, according to statistics kept by the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services."

46 injuries reported in 2000 were caused by RIDER BEHAVIOR! That tells me that people are not riding the rides properly, following the rules, regulations, etc put in place on rides.

Yes, accidents do happen with the rides themselves; Just like with anything else in the world, things get old, get worn, etc. They replace busses, cars, planes, trucks etc. At some point, the equiptment will fail, and need to be replaced. But, when most of the injury to guests was the fault of the guest, then I have no question in my mind that the rides are safe, since the manufactors/park maintance/park people are doing their job to keep them running in top shape. Just like in other industries that use heavy machinery to get their job done, the amusement industrys job is to entertain guests. If the maintance crews of Delta did not do their jobs, planes would be dropping out of the sky like Flies! So, it's just not in the amusement industry that maintaince of the equiptment is important. It's all over the world.

Anyway, my point here is the rides are as safe as they can be. Just as long as the people riding them know how to ride correctly, following all riding rules and regulations.


Brian A. Plencner
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Wednesday, August 1, 2001 8:56 AM
Thank God, an article that doesn't blow everything out of proportion.

Wednesday, August 1, 2001 9:55 AM
I think this really shows where the problem is.
Regulate the parents not the parks.:)
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 10:09 AM
Well, the news made it to several surrounding states. Maybe it was good publicity after all...

Your best? Losers are always whining about doing their best...winners go home and ******* the prom queen.
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 10:36 AM
Thats good to hear that most of the riders feel safe.
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Wednesday, August 1, 2001 1:47 PM
It made it all the way down here in Texas on the radio.
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 3:15 PM
No wonder Valleyfairs Chaos maybe closed for a while. I was talking with the ride operations and manager there saying it wont be open for a period of time.

#77 Korey Stringer You Will Be Missed Mn Viking Fan!
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 3:27 PM
"I'm not going on CHAOS1, it isn't safe".

OF COURSE I'll still ride them! and just think...I rode this one a month ago.
Thanks for riding Tidal Wave and enjoy your day here at Mariott's Great America!!
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 8:22 PM
Texas, h*ll it made to California, on T.V too
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 8:23 PM
Interestingly, apparently yesterday was a record day for Michigan's Adventure.

Record of some kind, anyway.
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 9:48 PM
"It makes you stop and think when there's an accident like that,'' said Clarence Whittemore, at the fair with his wife Jakie and their two granddaughters of Leslie.

"But we've been going to this fair for a long time and nothing has happened."

They cut out some of what my grandpa said. When I he was over today he told me he talked with the news people for a while, but he still felt it was a safe park.
Thursday, August 2, 2001 6:59 PM
The thing to notice about amusement rides is that yes, indeed, rides fail. Equipment breaks down all the time. The real key is that when rides break down, most of the time they do so in a way that does not injure riders. Notice that in the Chaos incident most all of the injuries were "minor"?

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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