Death leads to bill to study if zip lines need regulation

WESTFIELD, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers are considering whether to have a state agency study whether zip lines in the state need to be regulated.

The bill was proposed after a 12-year-old girl died after falling 20 feet from a zip line at a summer camp in the North Carolina mountains last month.

Rep. Ted Davis Jr. told The News & Observer of Raleigh (http://bit.ly/1fdKTz8 ) he thinks the state needs uniform regulations for zip lines.

The New Hanover County Republican added the provision to a bill increasing penalties for operating amusement rides illegally.

N.C. Youth Camp Association Board President Adam Boyd wants safe zip lines. He says they are a terrific way of giving campers new perspectives on nature from above the tree canopy.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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