LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The growing zip line industry isn't regulated by any government authority in Kentucky.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports no federal or state agency is charged with keeping track of the safety of the attractions that allow people to "zip" over an area high above the ground.
State lawmakers decided in 2012 to exempt the Kentucky Agriculture Department from overseeing zip lines. The department says it doesn't have the manpower to adequately monitor the growing activity.
That leaves the zip line industry to self-regulate. Several zip line operators in central and eastern Kentucky say they conduct several in-house inspections each year and have certified outside inspections annually.
Most states consider zip lines a "sport" and do not regulate them, but Tennessee began inspections after several accidents happened there.