Massachusetts has provisions in 520 CMR 5.00 that require the patrons riding amusement rides to follow them. An excerpt from the regulation regarding these provisions is shown here:

520 CMR 6.03 (6) Rider Responsibility Provisions:

There are inherent risks in the participation in or on any amusement ride, or device. Patrons of an amusement ride or device, by participation, accept the risks inherent in such participation of which the ordinary prudent person is or should be aware.

a) Patrons shall exercise good judgement and act in a responsible manner while using any amusement ride or device. Patrons shall obey all oral warnings by the ride operator, ride owner, or certified inspector.

b) Patrons shall obey all instructional and warning signs clearly posted on the amusement device.

c) Patrons shall not place themselves on any amusement device when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

d) Patrons shall use all amusement ride safety devices provided on a ride to ensure their safety. Bypassing, removing or making any safety device inoperable shall be subject to criminal prosecution pursuant to M.G.L. C. 140 section 205a.

e) Patrons have a responsibility to notify the ride operator of any pre-existing health conditions that may negatively effect the health and safety of the patron if they were to ride an amusement device.

f) Patrons who have been injured on a ride and seek medical attention must report the accident to the Department within twenty four (24) hours after seeking the medical attention. Patrons reporting an accident shall call the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at (508) 820-1444.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send an e-mail to or by calling the Department of Public Safety at (617) 727-3200, Ext. 25268.

See the related Massachusetts Amusement Regulation.