Are Thrill Rides Too Thrilling?

A bumpy ride for the amusement-park industry this summer

Roller coasters are supposed to scare you, make you scream and maybe leave your stomach 300 ft. up in the air. But when you hop onto one, you should feel as safe as if you were climbing onto a city bus. That is the import of a decision last week by California's Supreme Court, which toughened safety standards for amusement-park rides by ruling that they should abide by the same standard applied to modes of transportation like buses and airplanes.

For the amusement- park industry, the ruling is another jolt in what has been a bumpy start to the summer scream...

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