Ride safety concerns now getting federal attention

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- After the introduction of Tyler’s Law in the Ohio House, those who pushed for the bill say they now have their sights set on Washington.

Tyler’s Law is named after Tyler Jarrell, the 18-year-old killed when the Fireball broke apart in the air at last year’s Ohio State Fair. It would require the Ohio Department of Agriculture to implement more ride safety rules.

Jarrell’s mother, Amber Duffield, and her legal team say the entire ride industry needs to be overhauled on the federal level. With the introduction of Tyler’s law, they’re ready to take their fight to Congress. We spoke with U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman about if they think enough is being done to protect riders.

“We were all astounded when Tyler Jarrell was killed at of all places, the Ohio State Fair,” said Senator Sherrod Brown.

“We all assume these rides are safe and they must be safe, so I think this year there’s going to be a lot more inspections,” said Senator Rob Portman.

With the first Ohio county fair now less than five weeks away, we asked the Senators if they’re confident rides are safe.

“I sure hope it’s going to be a safer season this year and I believe it will be. I think people have taken it seriously,” said Sen. Portman.

“They’ve all assured us things are safe, but I don’t have any way of knowing that and I think it’s important the media keep the light shine,” said Sen. Brown.

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