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Amusement parks not safe

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It is amazing to me that the amusement park industry tells us how safe its parks are, but it is unable to provide any statistics to prove its point.

The reason is, the industry does not require anything of its members except to pay their dues. Although safety classes are offered, they are not mandatory. If one park inspects its rides every day, it does not mean every park does (rider beware). In fact, some parks only fix rides after they are broken. Keep in mind that the industry seems to blame every accident on the rider.

My son was killed 3 1/2 years ago because of a failed anti-rollback device on a low-tech roller coaster in Tulsa, Okla. The park did not even keep maintenance records, mainly because they were not required to by state law.

Late last year a coaster accident in New Jersey took the lives of a mother and daughter; it was almost exactly the same as the one that took my son's life.

I would be interested in knowing if the insurance industry also considers amusement parks to be safe. I sincerely doubt it.

Joe Kurek

Tulsa, Okla.