Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Speaking of potential overwarning at amusement parks (well, Ted was, anyway), I snapped this shot at the wonderful Holiday World amusement park in Santa Claus, Indiana. This is outside the Voyage roller coaster (which, I proudly note, my nine-year-old daughter rode very bravely).
Some background: several years ago, a young woman died at Holiday World after evidently doing exactly what is described in that warning sign -- it appeared that she intentionally evaded the restraints in order to get more "air time." Her family sued; after a number of procedural matters went poorly for the plaintiffs (mostly choice of law issues that ensured that comparative fault would be considered even in the strict liability case, and that excluded punitive damages), the case settled for an undisclosed amount. You can read a lot more about it here.
And, incidentally, they do also have a number of much more general warning signs.