Posted Tuesday, August 31, 2010 12:30 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Two of Orlando's newest roller coasters recorded multiple rider injuries during the second quarter of the year, according to updated filings from Florida's big theme parks.
Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.
The two theme-park operators reported basic details of the injuries as part of a longstanding agreement in which the state's big parks avoid government ride-safety regulation in exchange for submitting quarterly reports documenting noteworthy injuries.
What regulation do they avoid?!
They don't have state inspectors poking around, basically. And given the track record of the Orlando parks with the sheer volume of guests, I think it demonstrates the point that a lot of folks around here have been making for years: More regulation wouldn't make the parks safer.
^We don't injure people because hurting people makes tourism "go South"...or something. ;)
Yeah, I guess that was what I really wanted to say. This is an industry that can suffer serious harm if it hurts and kills people, which is pretty good incentive not to. Government oversight wouldn't change that.
Except certain people in the government or the public don't believe that.
Disclosure rather than regulation could work in other areas as well. But there isn't any power in it for politicians.
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