TO: Amusement Ride Owners and Lessees
FROM: Robert McGeeney
SUBJECT: Public Events
DATE: February 28, 2005
There has been much discussion and confusion as to the applicability of the Amusement Ride Safety Law to
ride operations at events, which may be considered private. The following will attempt to clarify the Safety
Inspection Unit's position on this subject and provide clear direction to amusement ride owners for future operations.
The stated intent of the law is to "ensure, as far as possible, the safety of the public in the use of
amusement attractions at carnivals, fairs and amusement parks". The common legal definition of "public" is
"open to all" or not restricted to a particular class or group of society at large.