Bill To Tighten Regulation Of Amusement Park Rides Passes Senate

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."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous Location: London on Mar 12, 2008 at 09:18 AM
    The age of the person operating the ride has nothing to do with it. The ride had a problem. If they're going to oppose any requirements on anyone, it should be the maintenence people.
  • by Anonymous Location: KENTUCKY on Mar 12, 2008 at 08:03 AM
    WOULD IT MATTER IF A 40 YEAR OLD WAS RUNNING THE RIDE ,IF THE CABLE HAD BROKE IT WOULDNT MATTER WHO WAS RUNNING THE RIDES,YOUNG PEOPLE NEED TO WORK ALSO ..WHAT THE PROBLEM IS THE RIDES MUST NOT BEEN CHECKED LIKE THEY SHOULD BEEN,THE WAY IT SOUNDS YOU ARE BLAMING THE YOUNG GUYS WHO WAS RUNNING THE RIDE FOR WHAT HAPPEN,THAT NOT WHO TO BLAME DONT THE RIDEN HAVE TO BE CHECKED EVER SO OFTEN,THAT WHO TO BLAME THE ONES WHO DIDNT DO THERE JOB,MAYBE THE CABLES HAVENT BEEN CHECKED LIKE THEY SHOULD BEEN,,NOW THAT WHO TO BLAME NOT THE GUYS WHO WAS RUNNING IT.

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