Posted Tuesday, July 30, 2013 8:53 AM | Contributed by Jeff
[Ed. note: Warning... Ed Markey nonsense contained in the linked article. Remember, it's in the industry's best interest to report the findings of a serious accident and share that information so it doesn't happen again. This is a lot of premature conspiracy nonsense. "Consistent" regulation across states would not have prevented the accident in Texas. -J]
From Six Flags to Walt Disney World, there's no federal oversight of permanent amusement parks, and regulations vary from state to state. The death of a woman who fell 75 feet from Six Flags Over Texas' Texas Giant roller coaster is reinvigorating discussion among safety experts about whether it's time to create more consistent, stringent regulations for thrill rides across the nation.
Read more from AP via Newsday.
"A baby stroller is subject to tougher federal regulation than a roller coaster carrying a child in excess of 100 miles per hour," Markey sees this as a reason for federal regulation of roller coasters. I see it as a reason for the feds to get away from baby strollers.
Though at least federal regulation of strollers makes more sense in that having 50 potentially different regulatory schemes could make it next to impossible for a manufacturer to sell in all 50 states. That issue doesn't exist in terms of amusement parks.
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