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After Shrewsbury tragedy, a focus on ride safety

Posted April 1, 2007 05:04 PM

SHREWSBURY

As traveling carnivals set up across the state for the chilly start of the amusement season, state officials are promoting amusement ride safety for children and families.

The Department of Public Safety’s amusement safety poster contest for children in Grades 1-6 is accepting entries until May 11. Winners will receive savings bonds ranging from a $1,000 top prize to $25, and their designs will appear in an amusement safety calendar to be published by the agency for 2008.

Thomas G. Gatzunis, commissioner of public safety, said the contest is part of his agency’s effort to upgrade standards in the industry after the death of a 38-year-old man on a Sizzler ride in Shrewsbury in 2004, the Telegram & Gazette of Worceste reports today.

-- Telegram & Gazette

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