Saferparks.org calls for stronger regulation of amusement rides (editorial)

Posted Friday, July 28, 2000 7:16 AM | Contributed by Jeff

According to an article on USA Today, the Web site Saferparks.org is calling for stronger federal regulation of amusement parks.

A fair amount of the author's argument centers around rider responsibility and and responsible ride operators. That's very true, but if we could legislate against stupid people, the world would be a better place.

The fact is, we don't need a federal agency to regulate an industry that does a good job of regulating itself. It's obviously in the parks' best interests to have a clean safety record, because doing otherwise would lead to higher insurance premiums and lower profits, not to mention a public relations nightmare. Thanks, but I'd prefer my tax dollars not be spent on yet another agency that can't provide me with any more protection than what already exists. Accidents caused by people will always happen, and that's unfortunate, but I'm more likely to die in my car on the way home today, and the transportation industry is one of the most heavily regulated out daily lives. More regulation doesn't always mean a safer environment.

Sunday, July 30, 2000 4:43 PM
Just what we need. Big Brother telling the private sector what to do.Again. Especially when they have no idea what they are dealling with.
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Sunday, August 6, 2000 8:40 PM
lol Dutchman!! :)
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Saturday, August 26, 2000 7:54 PM
Exactly, the government should stay out of our lives. People will always be stupid if big brother is always telling us what and what not to do. People need to use their common sense and stop to read signs. I believe that parks will keep themselves safe just because of the amount of competition out there. They need to keep a clean record so that they do not look bad. If you want to find out more about what I think of government then click the link below.

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http://www.geocities.com/munkres.geo/
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