The G-Force Law for NJ?

Wednesday, June 19, 2002 5:24 PM

What is this story I keep hearing on the news..there is a NJ Congressman who has made a proposal to limit the g-forces on coasters in NJ..anyone else hear about this?

What does this mean for coasters that already exsist at NJ parks...will they shut down and re-construct them to make the forces less?

They said it should pass and take effect in 2003...does this also mean that no NJ park will get a new coaster?

Anyone who can find this information out..please do.

It seems quite interesting and makes me wonder what other states will soon file suit.

Wednesday, June 19, 2002 5:40 PM
The limitations don't really affect any current coaster in the state to my knowledge, but it future coasters I'm worried about. I'd think I would forget about a 4D at SFGAdv with the g's they rack up.

Lake Compounce-So Fresh and So Clean Clean

Wednesday, June 19, 2002 5:47 PM
I think a 4-D could easily be altered to accomodate the law. That is, if X even pulls Gs that are outside the lawful limits (doubtful).


Wednesday, June 19, 2002 5:50 PM
The law limits vertical g forces to reach 6, X pulls 4, so it's very possible.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2002 7:03 PM
The Chiller is pretty close since it pulls 5G's and I don't think you should worry about a 4D maybe a b&m flyer hopefully.
Thursday, June 20, 2002 8:30 AM

What will the law many G's are the coasters allowed to have? I heard no more then 3 but that is just pathetic.

And why NJ? Why not target other parks this guy on drugs? Like Jeff stated in his letter, G forces aren't contributed to people getting "hurt" or "injured" so why make this dumb law?

Thursday, June 20, 2002 9:54 AM

This is exactly why the news archives here are such a great thing - everybody should check them out sometime. Here's the story you're after:

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Thursday, June 20, 2002 10:12 AM

What bothers me about the proposed regulation (even though they don't apply to any exisiting rides), is that they're totally arbitrary. They aren't based on any scientific research, and neglect to specify the duration of such forces.

Jeff - Webmaster/Admin -,
"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"

Thursday, June 20, 2002 2:02 PM
Jeff: my information apparently contradicts yours...

The New Jersey situation is that the department responsible for making the amusement ride rules has been charged by the Legislature to add another section to the rules for amusement rides, a section giving specifications for the design, construction, and acceptance testing of amusement rides. The draft version of those regulations included a standard on ride forces, which was very specific and gave limits not only on magnitude but also on duration and direction. Plotting the values used in that draft version produces some very strange looking curves, which suggests that the standards may have been deliberately chosen to accommodate existing "known safe" rides.

The final rules were scheduled for publication in the New Jersey Register a few weeks ago, and are scheduled to go into effect in October. I have not seen the regulations as finally written, but I have heard that the force limits may have been dropped as ASTM is getting close to producing their own standard, actually using some of the New Jersey research...if ASTM does come up with a standard, New Jersey will probably just adopt that standard by reference.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Thursday, June 20, 2002 2:21 PM

Well I think a 4D is out of the question since whats going on with Arrow Dynamics these last few weeks.

Thursday, June 20, 2002 2:26 PM
It is amazing that in a world where there are warnings issued on almost a regular basis that there is a risk of terrorism attacks along with the potential deths of thousands of citizens at a time, our government feels the need to worry about amusement rides. It's more frightening to watch than any rollercoaster.

Off with the trims!
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