Rider responsibility law only
Overview of Amusement Ride Regulation
Regulation Type: 
No state ride safety law
Inspection Program: 


Investigative Authority: 


Reporting Criteria: 

None required by state law.

Patron Responsibility Law: 

Note: Applies only to amusement park and water park patrons, not carnival patrons

NRS 455B.040 Passengers: Duties. A passenger shall, to the extent that the matter is within his control:
1. Locate and ascertain the meaning of signs in his vicinity posted pursuant to NRS 455B.030;
2. Heed warnings and other information posted by an operator or announced by an authorized agent or employee of an operator; and
3. Conduct himself in such a manner as to avoid injury to persons and property in an amusement park.

NRS 455B.050 Passengers: Prohibited conduct generally. A passenger shall not:
1. Embark upon an amusement ride when he knows that he has insufficient knowledge or physical ability to use the ride safely;
2. Purposefully embark upon or disembark from an amusement ride, except at the time and area designated for such a purpose or at the direction and under the direct supervision of an authorized agent or employee of an operator;
3. Toss, throw or cast or intentionally drop, expel or eject an object from an amusement ride;
4. Toss, throw or cast an object in the direction of an amusement ride;
5. Fail or refuse to comply with instructions given to him by an authorized agent or employee of an operator regarding the use of an amusement ride; or
6. Conduct himself in a manner that could interfere with the safe operation of an amusement ride or with the safety of another passenger.

NRS 455B.060 Passengers: Prohibited manipulation of amusement ride.
1. When using an amusement ride that requires a passenger to steer or control the ride in some manner, a passenger shall not steer or control the ride in a manner which intentionally harms another.
2. A passenger shall not disable or attempt to disable any safety or restraining device.
3. A passenger shall not alter or enhance the intended speed, course or direction of an amusement ride.

NRS 455B.070 Passengers: Persons deemed trespassers; access to controls of amusement ride; assumption of risks.
1. A person who boards an amusement ride without authority or without paying the appropriate consideration shall be deemed to be a trespasser.
2. A passenger shall not attempt to gain access to the controls of an amusement ride designed to be operated by an authorized employee or agent of an operator.
3. A passenger who has attained the age of 13 years shall be deemed to have knowledge of and assume the inherent risks of an amusement ride to the extent that as those risks are open and obvious to the reasonable person.

NRS 455B.080 Use of alcohol or controlled substance by passenger: Prohibition; authority of agent of operator.
1. A passenger shall not embark on an amusement ride while intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance, unless in accordance with:
(a) A prescription lawfully issued to the person; or
(b) The provisions of chapter 453A of NRS.
2. An authorized agent or employee of an operator may prohibit a passenger from boarding an amusement ride if he reasonably believes that the passenger is under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs or a controlled substance. An agent or employee of an operator is not civilly or criminally liable for prohibiting a passenger from boarding an amusement ride pursuant to this subsection.

NRS 455B.090 Reporting of personal injuries sustained on amusement ride.
1. A passenger who sustains a personal injury on a ride shall make a written report concerning the details of the incident, unless the injuries are so severe that they prevent the passenger from being able to make such a report.
2. An operator shall ensure that there are designated stations to report any injuries which occur. The stations must be staffed during regular business hours. The location of any such stations must be included in the notices posted pursuant to subsection 1 of NRS 455B.030.
3. A report filed pursuant to this section must contain:
(a) The name and address of the person injured;
(b) A brief description of the incident;
(c) The cause of the injury, if known; and
(d) The names and addresses of any witnesses to the incident.
4. If the injured person is unable to file a report because of the severity of his injuries, the report must be filed as soon as practicable, but in no event later than 120 days after the incident.
5. Reports filed pursuant to this section must be maintained by the operator for at least 3 years after the date of the injury described in the report and must be available for inspection by the injured person or his authorized agent during regular business hours.

Special Conditions: 

Clark County Department of Building Codes regulates the safety of permanent rides in that county (includes part of Las Vegas).

Date of last update: 
September 16, 2008