Roller Coaster Risks

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At amusement parks, you can face death and laugh about it, but how safe are the latest rides? With riders getting up to three times the force of gravity faced by astronauts at launch, even ride designers concede we're near the limit of human endurance. Park owners maintain that rides are safe, but recent deaths and reports of injury have led to calls for more government regulation. Why do millions love to be terrified and what does it do to their bodies? We hear from an avid rider, an industry spokesman, those who study the effects such stress on the body, and an activist-mom whose son lost part of his on a ride.
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The Christian Science Monitor

Dave Althoff, Jr

American Coaster Enthusiasts

American Psychological Association

International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions

International Theme Park Services

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center

National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials


The Weekly Standard



Warren Olney