The Safety Of Amusement Parks Essay

1846 Words Dec 16th, 2015 null Page
Every year, millions of Americans flood theme parks to ride attractions that they would not be able to experience in everyday life. Whether it be the enormous roller coasters, refreshing water slides, or the classic carousel, park visitors put their safety in the hands of these complex machines. However, recent accidents may have tainted parks’ outstanding safety records after much backlash from the media. With parks fighting over bragging rights of world’s largest or fastest rides, has safety become the second priority? Amusement ride accidents are becoming more common with amusement parks building larger quantities of rides, which has also led to greater attendance levels.

Statistics show that visiting an amusement park is one of the safest forms of recreation. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions estimates that the likelihood of being injured on a ride is one in twenty-four million. Also, the chance of fatality is one in seven hundred fifty million. IAAPA also mentions that one has a better chance of being injured while participating in sports, driving a car, or even getting bit by an insect. In the very small occurrence of an injury happening, a lot of times it is due to the body proportions of the rider rather than mechanical issues with the ride (“The Serious Business of Fun”). Two riders have been ejected from the “Ride of Steel” roller coaster at Darien Lake Theme Park in two separate accidents. Both of these incidents were a…

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