Amusement Parks Say Safety Rules Are Strict Despite Accident In Texas

By: Brett Baldeck Email
By: Brett Baldeck Email

"If you are following the rules and doing as instructed you should feel perfectly safe at our amusement park and most others in the country," says Charlotte Gonzalez.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - After a deadly amusement park accident over the weekend in Texas, some are questioning just how safe those thrilling parks can be.

"Amusement parks probably offer the safest type of thrill entertainment out there," says Charlotte Gonzalez of Beech Bend Amusement Park.

Beech Bend is the only open amusement park in Kentucky. They say they're proud of their safety record thanks to rules and regulations. All rides require minimum height requirements. Although some guests are upset they can't ride, it's all for the right reason.

"There has to be a cut off somewhere. Even though it may seem like they are only an inch too short it is always a safety issue and we want to keep safety in mind," says Director of Operations Reed Gonzalez.

One of the parks most thrilling rides is the Kentucky Rumbler. Once on the roller coaster there are multiple safety restraints.

"The seat belt must lock and be tightened for every guest to ride. Once the seatbelts are all checked we have a lap bar that comes down and locks in probably 10 to 11 different positions. You have to have a good lock and seal there," says Gonzalez.

Riders say the extra safety measures put them at ease. Rita Ezell brought her four grand children to the park for the day and hasn't given the rides a second thought.

"A child can climb a tree, but that doesn't mean we cut down all the trees. There are accidents as far as these roller coasters like this but they are so few and far between. You cannot base your life on living in fear," says Ezell.

While accidents can put a scare in some, Beech Bend says injuries and fatalities are rare.

"If you are following the rules and doing as instructed you should feel perfectly safe at our amusement park and most others in the country," says Charlotte Gonzalez.

For further safety, rides are inspected and ran prior to opening.

Charlotte Gonzalez says every employee received additional training this year to handle any type of medical emergency.


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