View Full Version : new law in virginia may be comming to california

02-18-2002, 07:10 AM
Hi all read this in Bush Gardens Sea World area, and also heard that this leg is currently being looked at by Senator Feinstein D CA and Senator Durbin D Il for possible federal law wondering what you all thought.

Theme park patrons will really have to mind their Ps and Qs if a bill that recently passed the Virginia Senate Commerce and Labor Committee becomes law. This bill would levy a $500 fine on rollercoaster riders who

Get off the ride before it stops
Throw things or spit while the ride is moving
Try to get our from under their harnesses
Fail to promptly report injuries

Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Paramount's Kings Dominion strongly support this bill because it gives them another way to enforce their rules other than ejection from the park. They would have to post warning signs about the $500 penalty.

This information comes from the Feb. 5 edition of the Newport News Daily Press .

The last goal of the law may pose a bad legall loop hole for the people that do get hurt do to theme park neligence but I have not seen tha statue of limiations on the reporting time so its hard to say.

02-18-2002, 09:02 PM
What a good idea! It's unfortunate that some people need more "incentive" to be safe... but it's the way things are.

02-20-2002, 09:59 PM
This is rather sad that you can get fined for no reporting that you were injured, I guess that they would want to make sure you don't go off an worsen your injury and then make your lawsuit larger.

How would one get off a "normal" rollercoaster before it stops though? Since most aren't like the matterhorn.