While watching tv, a blurb about tomorrow night's Dateline came on and it drew my attention when they started talking about theme park accidents. So, I just went to "nbc.com" and saw this and copied it for the Buzzer family to read. If someone's already covered this upcoming show...sorry!!
On ‘Dateline’ Friday: Until recently, some state governments didn’t require major theme parks to report roller coaster accidents. Even now the federal government has no oversight over them. It wasn’t until something happened in one woman’s family that things started to change.
(Dave reads the copy, then puts 2 and 2 together...)
They're gonna talk about California, I'll bet you. California exempted amusement parks from State inspections (they've inspected carnival rides for years) until they passed AB-850 a couple of years ago, now they're putting together a comprehensive State inspection program out there.
Now if we could get Florida to do the same, perhaps we wouldn't have to contend with boneheads like Ed Markey trying to make a Federal case out of it.
Did anybody notice the commercial showing footage of Raptor with the narator going. "A day at a popular amusement park turns deadly for one family." Why wouldn't they show on-ride footage from the park where it happened?
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Surely they're not talking about Cedar Point. I don't recall them even having a death from a ride there. Or even an injury. So many more accidents happen in travelling carnivals and fairs, yet you don't hear about that. It has to be something big like an amusement park to get the medias attention. Who thinks it's just a bunch or crap and nothing more? I sure do.
I think that lady's been on before, if it's her, her son and a friend fell out of the back of a coaster at Bell's two years ago(?),n I may be wrong. She's "lobbying" for the reports and regulations on inspection, she's not out for amusement park blood, or that's the way she comes across, IF it's her.
Could they possibly be talking about the rotor-type ride accident at SFGAm involved a kid's foot getting caught/crushed? That's what the mother's commentary sounded like...a flat ride that could be stopped at any time/
What upsets me the most is that they don't even show footage from the park that they are talking about. They just show coaster footage to gain the viewer's attention.
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thrillride_FANatic, I think that's the one we're going to hear about, and that's probably a good thing 'cause of all the wronged parents we see on these shows, she's pretty much the only one who seems to be more interested in ride safety than in retribution.