FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Potential fines would increase tenfold and
the age of amusement park ride operators would rise under a bill
the Kentucky Senate has passed unanimously.
The action follows an accident at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
last year in Louisville that severed a girl's feet.
The bill would raise the maximum fine the state Department of
Agriculture could levy on a park to $10,000, increased from $1,000.
It would also require ride operators to be at least 18.
Two teenagers under 18 were operating the Superman Tower of
Power on June 21 when a cable broke and severed the feet of
14-year-old Kaitlyn Lasitter.
The Courier-Journal reports that Kentucky Kingdom officials said
last week they strongly oppose the age requirement and contend the
ability to operate a ride lies in training and not in age.
Kaitlyn Lasitter's father, Randy Lasitter, told the newspaper
letting someone under 18 operate such complex rides gives them
"too much responsibility."
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