New Jersey proposes G-force limits for rides

Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 4:53 AM | Contributed by CoasterBearVa

New Jersey is proposing legislation that caps amusement rides to producing 2.5 to six G's vertically, depending on how long the G's last, and one to 2.5 G's laterally on all roller coasters that reside in New Jersey.

Read more and view the television report on MSNBC.

Monday, May 20, 2002 5:08 AM
It's always nice seeing people who don't have a clue about what they are doing do something stupid....

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Monday, May 20, 2002 6:39 AM
Pathetic. Great Adventure would be completely screwed and I will have to move to another state.
Monday, May 20, 2002 8:24 AM
As I understand it this will not be an act of the legislature. It will be a regulation. IE. A rule made up by New Jersey's board that regulates amusement ride, with no legislative action required. *** This post was edited by Jim Fisher on 5/20/2002. ***
Monday, May 20, 2002 8:25 AM

New Jersey has many stupid laws, even outside the amusement industry.


Monday, May 20, 2002 10:29 AM
why dont they just let the coaster manufacturers do their jobs? the prime concern of roller coaster companies to to provide an SAFE and enjoyable ride. they seem to be doing that fine.
Monday, May 20, 2002 10:46 AM

on the vertical cap, does that mean if an airtime hill with -.5 G's lasts more than x seconds will have to be removed? like freefalls? just because it has serious airtime coming down means they have to be removed? thats really stupid. please correct me if my thought on this is wrong. i hope i just read it wrong.

Monday, May 20, 2002 10:50 AM
how many rides even pull 6 gs in new jersey? none. And older rides are still fine And it has been a long period of time since 6 gs coaster have been built. Mostly Schwarzkopf coaster pull those and old arrows and since they are not built no more they are not effected. Plus it will their proposal have not stated the amount of time th g can last. I am not supporting it but, I doubt the law will be like no 6g coasters that pull the g for more than 1 second, the seconds will be longer. And alot of you guys talk about blacking out on rides. I guess that is pushing the limit cause 1 second in 7gs can make u black out with no g suit on. Sunday on Tlc had a show called presure. Talk all about gs an stuff. G suits only let u go 2 more gs above normal. so 6 g limit on rides is not the end of th world.. how man wooden rides hit 3.0 negative gs. i say smaller coasters pull more gs than big coasters if anything.. Tgis law just mean gigas for everyone(j/k)
Monday, May 20, 2002 10:53 AM

“We have right now in America, a roller coaster arms race where each amusement park advertises that they have the fastest, the most dangerous ride,” says Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass.

So the parks ADVERTISE they are dangerous?

Why don't we see more 'dangerous' naming, then? Huh, Markey-mark?

Oh, that's right. People wouldn't ride something if it was truely dangerous.

Please let this one fail ..

Monday, May 20, 2002 11:12 AM

Yet again, Senator Markey proves how much he doesn't know. Is he up for re-election this year?

However, I can't say I'd be 100% opposed to what they're proposing. Afterall, doesn't the TUV have the same standards in Germany? The only reason I'd be opposed to such a thing is if it'd cause rides to be shut down, removed or modified.

Senator Markey is just a misguided person, who uses half-truths and partial statistics (generally pulled from areas with the highest "incident" counts to make things look better) to get his points across. In time he'll continue his push for G-Force regulation and park safety... but if his past performance is any indication, he won't get anywhere with it.


Monday, May 20, 2002 11:16 AM

Senator Ed Markey should be pulled on his word that "parks advertise to have the most fastest and the most DANGEROUS rides out there " becuase never will and has a park advertise that they put the lives of guest at steak for a good thrill, what im wondering is with all the money is the industrie of parks, why havent they taken are of him yet? Parks , and ride designers know there limitaions, I dont think they a law to tell them that. somewhere I feel that a law like that would be wrong., but if you know New jersey they always pass some nonsence legislature, I supose there a bit old fashion, becuase they even have a law that restricts teenagers from being out I think ater like 9pm or 10pm. If they pass it, I see C.A passing it next.

Monday, May 20, 2002 11:20 AM
Am I the only one who sees this as nothing to care about? People, lateral Gs don't go above 2.5 Gs right now anyways, and 6 Gs, well, only Schwarzkopf coasters likie Thriller pull that. Don't worry about a thing. Nothing is bad about this. They're just repeating what they already said a long time ago. 6 Gs has always been the limit of Gs since the 80s.

-Kyle Brylczyk
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Monday, May 20, 2002 11:53 AM
This IS the state that doesn't allow its citizens to pump their own gas, after all.
Monday, May 20, 2002 12:17 PM

Hey now... Oregon doesn't either and that's a damn fine state. ;)

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Monday, May 20, 2002 12:52 PM
What a stupid law to put in effect. They will be putting limits on how thrilling there coasters can be. That is just stupid. Not much for that state in the future i guess. too bad.
Monday, May 20, 2002 2:03 PM

I just don't understand why a law is being implemented that does ABSOLUTELY nothing. Rides are NEVER built that have G forces that could hurt a rider so shy propose a lwa that doesnt change anything? Markey has just got to get his name in the papers I guess.......


Monday, May 20, 2002 2:17 PM
This law sounds really dumb. It's like making a law that says "It is illegal for pigs to fly." Why can't Markey find another case to whine about? Why do people beleive this guy?
Monday, May 20, 2002 2:47 PM
The law is stupid, but I don't think they'll actually have to take out rides that don't fit the criteria. That would really suck!
Monday, May 20, 2002 2:53 PM
That is dumb! But, I have to agree with coaster131. Not many rides go over 2.5 but, it is also based upon the time too. So if you're riding "viper" at SF Great Adventure (just saying, not real) that you got 3.67 Positive G's and you had it for say 1.54 Seconds. You Mulityply 3.67 and 1.54. That would be 5.65 and that would be okay. I am just using this formula just because I think that they might use it to see how many G's. Sorry. I got a little carried away. You can see that I want to be a teacher can't you? :) As long as that answer is under 6, that ride should be Ed Markey free.
Monday, May 20, 2002 3:54 PM

I'd like to see Markey say that to a rollercoaster designer and see what happens.*visualizing punching and kicking knowledge into head*

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