Story: Chicago Tribune
After the tragic death of a 4-year old boy at Epcot’s Mission: Space attraction in Disney Monday, Congressman Edward Markey of Massachusetts has repeated his call for the National Amusement Park Ride Safety Act. To sum it up in one sentence: the US Consumer Product Safety Division should have regulatory oversight of rides and attractions at amusement parks currently under state contol.
Good intentions aside, do really need another layer of Federal bureaucrats administering amusement park safety? On the same day a voluntary recall was announced & reports of children’s motor scooters causing 10,000 emergency room visits last year and 49 deaths in the past 7 years, does anyone at the USCPSD really think they can do a better job with amusement park safety?
Why have so many small, local, mom-n-pop amusement parks gone out of business? Did they lose out to the larger theme parks or did the cost of liability insurance cause them to go under? Perhaps as a way to sell his bill, Rep. Markey should offer federally regulated amusement parks liability protection.