Florida lawmaker files ‘Tyre Sampson Act’ to better regulate theme park ride safety


AMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Florida Sen. Geraldine Thompson (D) filed legislation to change how the Florida Dept. of Agriculture regulates theme park rides, in response to the March 2022 death of 14-year-old Tyre Sampson at ICON Park.


ampson died while riding ICON Park’s FreeFall ride in Orlando. The teenager, a high school football player, fell more than 70 feet, after a safety harness was “improperly adjusted,” according to state officials at the time. Specifically, an investigation of the ride found that a proximity sensor in Sampson’s seat had been repositioned, manually, allowing it be opened further than normal.

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