Neighboring states have rider responsibility laws, Kentucky does not

KY lacks law to hold roller coaster riders accountable for injuring others

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - There is no shortage of warnings for guests that loose items are not permitted on rides at Kentucky Kingdom.

On Saturday, a patron of the park suffered a cut in the side of the temple while on the T3 coaster.

Kentucky Kingdom officials said the ride did not malfunction. They said they believe an item from another passenger on the ride fell and hit the person in the head. That person was taken to a hospital.

Officials said a cell phone and other items were found on the ground under the ride.

There are signs posted all over the park telling guests to store articles in a locker or leave them with a non-rider, and that Kentucky Kingdom is not responsible for items left in ride cubbies or bins.

"There are inversions and heights and speeds of up to 50 mph, and that is why we state on our written signs, verbally remind riders and provide bins to put their loose articles in," Kentucky Kingdom Chief of Operations Lesly Birkner said. "It's for their safety and for other people's safety on our ride."

Other states have laws regarding rider responsibility. It's something WAVE 3 News General Manager Ken Selvaggi was outspoken about in an editorial last year.

"Ride stations at Kings Island have signs posted reminding guests that it is a misdemeanor crime under Ohio law to take pictures or video while riding that ride," Selvaggi said. "You face the same rider responsibility regulations at Holiday World, Dollywood, and Six Flags St. Louis."

Birkner said Kentucky does not have a law like that right now.

"The short answer is no," Birkner said. "Surrounding states such as Ohio, Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana ... there are laws that require riders to follow the policies of the facility."

Kentucky Kingdom would like to see riders be more responsible. But in the meantime, they ask their guests to put away the distractions and enjoy the moment for themselves and others.

Park rules are also posted on Kentucky Kingdom's website. If you drop a loose item from a ride, you are not going to get it back right away.
You can be banned from the park if you don't follow the rules.

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