State Rep. Steve Hickey introduces carnival ride safety bill - KSFY News - Sioux Falls, SD News, Weather, Sports

State Rep. Steve Hickey introduces carnival ride safety bill

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This winter's big chill has many of us longing for the hazy days of summer.

And, what's more fun than thoughts a summer carnival?

But as KSFY News first told you last year, South Dakota is one of a few states in our area that doesn't regulate its carnival rides.

We brought this lack of oversight to the attention of state representative Steve Hickey last summer. And Wednesday, he introduced a bill to set some safety guidelines for carnival rides.

It's called HB1168 and it would provide for additional safety measures on amusement rides in our state. It also carries a penalty for failure to properly insure these rides.

Last summer a carnival ride accident in Sisseston left two teenaged girls stranded in mid-air, upside down for nearly two hours. That got us asking questions about what level of protection is out there for carnival goers.

And to our surprise we found in South Dakota,  there was none. The only state in our area with no regulation for ride safety. Hickey's bill would change that.

Hickey's bill doesn't excuse the riders from responsibility either. It also holds carnival goers accountable for their actions if they don't obey the rules of the ride or their actions cause an accident.

Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska all have rules to make sure carnival rides are inspected for our safety.

KSFY News will continue to follow the progress on this bill on getting some type of regulation here in South Dakota.

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