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NY officials tracking amusement rides
ALBANY (AP) -- The New York state Department of Labor is monitoring rides at 49 carnivals and fairs over the Memorial Day weekend.
The department is responsible for monitoring thrill rides at the state's 12 amusement parks and at traveling shows outside New York City.
It says it inspects all fixed rides at least once a year and those at traveling carnivals and fairs at each new location.
The department lists parks and events online. It says its staff inspected more than 1,500 venues and more than 9,700 amusement devices last year.
The agency advises reading posted ride warnings and heeding operator instructions. Recommendations also include securing loose hair and clothing, observing age, height and weight restrictions and not driving bumper cars with children on your lap.