Monday, July 2, 2007
The Consumer Reports Blog has a post about Kathy Fackler, an activist (and friend of mine) seeking better reporting and oversight of amusement rides (fixed site and portable). Kathy runs SaferParks.org, a site I've linked to before, though I don't necessarily agree with everything she says.
I've mentioned it before, but it's worth noting again since regular readers may be getting bothered by the recent stream of amusement-related posts: I find amusement safety interesting not just because I'm a fan of amusement parks, but also because it's a relatively small industry where you can see almost all of the issues in tort law. You've got dramatically varied regulation, both state- and federal-level; interesting arguments about personal responsibility; huge variety in operators (from judgment-proof mom & pop shops to Universal); fun questions about what the benefit is in any risk/benefit calculation; and so on. I use examples from the amusement context throughout my Torts class and they seem to work very well.