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IAAPA’s Statement Regarding Utah’s New State Ride Safety Legislation

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IAAPA’s Statement Regarding Utah’s New State Ride Safety Legislation

Safety is the top priority for the attractions industry. Delivering the highest levels of safety is fundamental to our industry’s existence and is a part of everything we do.

In the United States, IAAPA promotes and advocates for the adoption of effective statewide amusement ride safety legislation based on the standards developed by ASTM Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices.

On Monday, March 25, 2019, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed into law House Bill 381, establishing statewide ride safety legislation for Utah based on standards developed by the ASTM Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices.

IAAPA believes that the oversight provided by effective statewide legislation and regulation is an important addition to steps taken by manufacturers, owner and operators to ensure that amusement rides are one of the safest forms of recreation.

The safety guidelines within our industry have resulted in 370 million guests safely enjoying 1.7 billion rides at 400 U.S. amusement parks*. This new law in Utah means 45 states across the country now have statewide government oversite for the attractions industry.

IAAPA is proud of this important new law in Utah, and its commitment to the guests who visit its state’s amusement parks. The rulemaking for the new law must be completed by December 1, 2020 and the law will go into effect on April 1, 2021.

IAAPA would like to thank Lagoon Park in Farmington, Utah and Representative Val Potter (R-3) for taking a proactive approach to ride safety and their hard work and dedication to bring statewide amusement ride legislation to Utah.

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*IAAPA Ride Safety Report – North America – 2017