Even if an IR perimeter were around the ride, triggered to shut down the ride on contact, all that would do is to prevent the coaster trains from entering the next block zone. Depending upon the distance between the ride and the fence, and the position of the trains on the track, even that might not be enough to save the intruder. What then? Electrify the inside fence? I feel for the people who were on the ride. Thank goodness none of them was hurt physically, but I fear for how witnessing such a horrific event would affect those riders. This is a horrible, horrible day for the survivors - including the riders, the park personnel and, of course, the family of the victim.
This is the reason that signs like "slippery when wet" exist.
Warning signs are in places for a reason. Do not enter. Wrong way. High Voltage. It's like the kids who jump off a cliff into rough waters where lifeguards are putting themselves in danger to rescue them. I have little respect for anyone that puts other people in danger with their actions.
The friends and family are the ones I feel for. And same with anyone who witnessed it on or around the ride. No one should ever experience anything like this. That kid did something extremely selfish and stupid. Whatever he was doing or thinking of doing obviously wasn't worth it.
You'd think the kid would jump into a piranha tank just to get a closer look, or just to grab his hat that he dropped.
His actions have traumatized so many people, it's unfair to them. Even if it was suicide (I've lost family to this) I have little respect, as it's a selfish thing to do.
This case with the Batman "accident" (I know again in quotes...), the guest was doing something he wasn't supposed to. It's unreasonable to hold Six Flags liable if indeed there was sinage all over the place, and oh two six-foot fences. Geez, I guess they've got to go to the razor wire and electrified fencing now?
How much protection from ourselves is necessary?
If he WAS trying to get his hat (or something), then he would've audviously turned to look where the ride was before reaching to get his loose article (if that was the case).
I highly doubt it, but I really don't want SFOG to close the ride. It doesn't have anything to do with me now, but next year I'm visiting my cousins in Atlanta, and I STILL haven't ridden a batman the ride coaster.