"20 times or more and there's a trend there. anything less than that we're not so concerned about until there are 20," said Jason Herrera of the Amusement Safety Organization. "All we wanted from them is what is being done so we can inform the pubic and they couldn't even give us that courtesy."
I haven’t been on SOB for a couple of years. I thought it was alright then, I don't know how bad it is now. Bad enough for this accident to happen, and we know how much the media loves coaster accidents.
The fact is this would be a much bigger story if the media was not already pretty distracted. I remember when Titian's lift got stuck because it was on CNN. That story would be ignored today. I'm not saying this story has merit, but parks should pay attention to complaints made so the media has less of a story to work with. Sooner or later events will mellow out and Shark attacks and coaster problems will again hit primetime news.
It is in media's nature blows these stories way out of proportion. 99.9% of coasters are safe and should be running. There are a couple coasters out there that cause more pain than joy. If and when accidents happen on these coasters, there will be plenty of people willing to make this a story. Parks should know that.
^You're right Jeff, they are not ignoring complaints. But, some of the complaints listed on that web site are ridiculous. If you got a splinter in your finger waiting to ride the Beast, then according to the ASO web site, that is a legit complaint about how the ride is maintained. Yeah, I know, a little on the exaggerated side, but you get the point.
Where does A*S*O** get their statistics from anyway? It's not like the first thing someone who's injured or feels discomfort thinks is to check out their website to lodge their complaint. Must be their vast network of field correspondents who spend every minute of every day outside the first aid office in every park marking down the throngs of people going through there.
^ LOL, coincidentally enough, I got to go to First Aid at HW this year with a friend...
Wouldn't ya know, there's a confidential information release form you have to sign, and it specifically names ASO as one of the entities who have access to your PHI (protected health info)...who'd a thunk? ;)