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Vt. lawmakers eye fair rides

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Lawmakers are looking at tighter regulation of amusement park rides.

When it comes to the roller coasters, Ferris wheels and other popular rides at small fairs and field days, Vermont is one of the only states that doesn't have a uniform statewide inspection policy. Lawmakers say the industry has a good safety record and they want to keep it that way.

The measure as written would require the Agriculture Agency to oversee some kind of inspection program.

"There's lots of old home days and other fundraisers that we don't really have knowledge of necessarily and control over whose doing the rides there, but the major players that we have at all of our fairs are doing an excellent job of maintaining the high quality of rides and a very good safety record," said David Ainsworth of the Vermont Fair Association.

Ride operators that testified Wednesday say they have no real opposition to inspections of their equipment and noted that the majority of accidents tend to be caused by human error or riders not following the rules.

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