Town of Chesapeake Beach, MD
Calvert County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Chesapeake Beach 10-15-1998 by Ord. No. O-98-11 (Ch. 35, § 35-102, of the 1997 Town Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 100-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following words shall have the meanings indicated:
A. 
An attraction which utilizes an amusement device; or
B. 
A structure that gives amusement, excitement, pleasure, or thrills to people who move around, over, or through the structure without the aid of a moving device integral to the structure; or
C. 
The Chesapeake Beach Waterpark.
AMUSEMENT DEVICE
A device that is intended to give amusement, excitement, pleasure, or thrills to passengers whom the device carries.
MANAGER
A person, the Town, or a designated person of the Town, who manages amusement attractions or, if the amusement attraction is leased, the lessee.
PARENT OR GUARDIAN
Each parent, custodian, or guardian responsible for the control, safety, training, or education of a minor, disabled, or incompetent person.
A. 
Any person who is:
(1) 
Waiting in the immediate vicinity to get on or in an amusement device or amusement attraction;
(2) 
Getting on or in an amusement device or amusement attraction;
(3) 
Using an amusement device or amusement attraction;
(4) 
Getting off of an amusement device or amusement attraction; or
(5) 
Leaving an amusement device or amusement attraction and is still in its immediate vicinity.
B. 
Does not include employees, agents, or servants of the manager while engaged in the duties of their employment.
SIGN
Any symbol or language reasonably calculated to communicate information to patrons or their parents or guardians, including placards, prerecorded messages, live public address, stickers, pictures, pictograms, guidebooks, brochures, video, verbal information, and visual signals.

§ 100-2 Patron conduct.

A. 
Reports of injuries.
(1) 
A patron, or his parent or guardian on a patron's behalf, shall report in writing to the manager any injury sustained on an amusement device or amusement attraction before leaving the premises, including:
(a) 
The name, address, and phone number of the injured person;
(b) 
A full description of the incident, the injuries claimed, any treatment received, and the location, date, and time of the injury;
(c) 
The cause of the injury, if known; and
(d) 
The names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses to the incident.
(2) 
If the patron, or his parent or guardian on a patron's behalf, is unable to file a report because of the severity of the injuries, he shall file the report as soon thereafter as reasonably possible.
(3) 
The failure of a patron, or his parent or guardian on a patron's behalf, to report an injury under this subsection shall have no effect on the patron's right to commence a civil action.
B. 
Code of conduct. A patron shall, at a minimum:
(1) 
Obey the posted rules, warnings, and oral instructions for an amusement device or amusement attraction issued by the manager, his employee or his agent; and
(2) 
Refrain from acting in any manner that may cause or contribute to injuring the patron or others, including:
(a) 
Exceeding the limits of the patron's ability;
(b) 
Interfering with the safe operation of the amusement device or amusement attraction; or
(c) 
Not engaging any safety devices that are provided;
(d) 
Disconnecting or disabling a safety device except at the express instruction of the manager's agent or employee;
(e) 
Altering or enhancing the intended speed, course, or direction of an amusement device or amusement attraction;
(f) 
Using the controls of an amusement device or amusement attraction designed solely to be operated by the manager's agent or employee;
(g) 
Extending arms, legs, or head beyond the carrier or seating area except at the express direction of the manager's agent or employee;
(h) 
Throwing, dropping, or expelling an object from or toward an amusement device or amusement attraction, except as permitted by the manager's agent or employee;
(i) 
Getting on or off of an amusement device or amusement attraction except at the designated time and area (if any), at the direction of the manager's agent or employee, or in an emergency;
(j) 
Not reasonably controlling the speed or direction of the patron or an amusement device or amusement attraction that requires the patron to control or direct himself or a device; and
(k) 
Overloading an amusement device beyond its designated capacity.
C. 
Patron qualifications. A patron shall not get on an amusement device or amusement attraction unless the patron, or his parent or guardian on a patron's behalf, reasonably determines that, at a minimum, the patron:
(1) 
Has sufficient knowledge to use, get on, or get off the amusement device or amusement attraction safely without instruction or has requested and received before getting on the amusement device or amusement attraction sufficient information to get on, use, or get off safely;
(2) 
Has located, reviewed, and understood any signs in the vicinity of the amusement device or amusement attraction and has satisfied any posted height or other restrictions;
(3) 
Knows the range and limits of his ability, and knows the requirements of the amusement device or amusement attraction will not exceed those limits;
(4) 
Is not under the influence of alcohol or any drug that affects his ability to safely use the amusement device or amusement attraction or obey the posted rules or oral instructions; and
(5) 
Is authorized by the manager's authorized servant, agent, or employee to get on the amusement device or amusement attraction.

§ 100-3 Parent or guardian conduct.

Parents or guardians of patrons have a duty to ensure that a patron complies with all provisions of this chapter.

§ 100-4 Notice to patrons.

A. 
Duty to post. The manager shall display signs at:
(1) 
Any station for reporting an injury;
(2) 
Any first aid station; and
(3) 
Either:
(a) 
Any entrance to or exit from the premises designated for patrons; or
(b) 
Any area or structure at which patrons may purchase admission or obtain authority to use an amusement device or amusement attraction.
B. 
Content of postings. All signs required by Subsection A shall include a legend providing that: "Town Ordinance requires patrons to obey all warnings and directions and behave in a manner that will not cause or contribute to injuring themselves or others. Patrons must report all injuries before leaving."

§ 100-5 Violations and penalties.

If a person willfully violates this chapter, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, is subject to a fine not exceeding $50.