A Cedar Point amusement park visitor placed a frantic phone call to police — the woman feared riders, who were just thrown off the park’s water ride Shoot the Rapids, were injured.
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THREE WAYS THIS MATTERS TO YOU
1. Ohio is home to two of the country’s most visited amusement parks, Cedar Point in Sandusky and Kings Island in Mason. Cedar Point was 14th in the nation in attendance in 2012, and Kings Island near Cincinnati was 15th, according to trade group Themed Entertainment Association. Each had around 3.2 million visitors in 2012.
2. Experts say major accidents or malfunctions causing injury on amusement park rides are rare. However, when accidents do happen, the industry’s safety procedures are highly self-regulated. No federal rules for amusement park safety exist. Ohio Department of Agriculture licenses rides every year for operation, but serious injuries and violations rarely result in fines or other repercussions.
Riders who are pregnant or have other existing health conditions such as heart disease ride coasters at their own risk.
3. If you suffer from a headache, dizziness or other problem after riding a roller coaster or water ride — on which no accident or problem occurred that caused the ride to stop running — it’s up to you to file a complaint with the state if desired. Ohio only has the authority to inspect complaints or accidents that result in a rider being admitted to the hospital. To make a complaint, call 614-728-6280.