Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 3, 2011
Sen. Frank Simpson
Amusement Ride Bill Rolls Through Senate
A measure to ensure better safety for homemade amusement rides
was approved Tuesday by the Senate. Sen. Frank Simpson is author
of Senate Bill 379, which would require inspection and certification
of homemade amusement rides brought to public venues.
“Every community has events at public parks, churches, fairgrounds
and other places where there may be homemade amusement rides brought
in to entertain children,” said Simpson, R-Springer. “These
events are wonderful for communities, but we need to make sure those
rides are safe. Unfortunately, I had a incident in my district last
year where a child was killed and others were injured on a homemade
Simpson explained the incident happened last November at a fundraiser
at the Love County Fairgrounds. A homemade “barrel train”
was being used to pull children around inside the livestock building.
Somehow the train overturned and an 8-year-old girl was killed and
seven other children were injured. Two of those injured were flown
to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.
“This was a tragic accident. The driver was found not at
fault. The only questions that remained were in regards to the design,
stability and engineering integrity of the train,” said Simpson.
“My bill will help prevent future accidents like this one
but making sure that homemade amusement rides are inspected by a
professional before being used.”
SB 379 would require owners of any homemade amusement ride that
is to be used in public forums, and would be an enticement or attraction
for children, to obtain a state permit and certificate of inspection
by the Department of Labor prior to public use. Those convicted
of violation would be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine
of $50 to $1,000. If a child 15 years of age or younger is killed
on a ride that is found in violation, the owner would be charged
with a felony and would face a fine of $1,000 to $5,000, and/or
imprisonment for up to four years.
The bill does not pertain to homemade rides designed, constructed
· by parents or stepparents for their children and family’s
· by children under the age of 16
· by those 16 years of age or older, with or without participation
by other individuals 16 years of age or older
· according to a manufacturer’s instructions, purpose
· solely on private property by the owner/ operator of the
device and that person’s guests and the property is not open
to the general public to allow them to ride in or on the device.
For more information contact:
Sen. Simpson: (405) 521-5607