Party Buses — Good Time Lead to Tragedy

Deaths and Injuries Related to Party Buses Continue to Mount

Party BusThe party bus industry is booming. For many, it seems like the perfect solution to having a good time. You can go to a game, a party or any type of event, enjoy as much alcohol as you want, and you don’t have to worry about getting behind the wheel. In fact, nearly all tour buses allow open consumption of alcohol on the bus. Even those few states that have attempted to regulate party buses generally allow passengers to drink, as long as drivers don’t. So party buses have become big business. Sources indicate that the number of party buses has grown by 50% over the last five years.

However, as more and more injuries have been associated with party buses, and as the death toll has risen—more than 20 people have died in party bus accidents in California alone, legislators and others have started to look for ways to regulate the burgeoning industry to increase safety.

Many party buses are double-decker vehicles, with open seating on the top. A large percentage of the serious accidents related to party buses have come when passengers in the open upper deck have struck an underpass, or have fallen from the bus while it was moving. A significant number of injuries and deaths have also occurred when passengers fell out of open doors or windows.

A state senator in New York has proposed a statute that would set some standards for party bus operators. The bill would specifically define what constitutes a party bus, and would mandate that all party bus drivers have a special license. It would require a chaperone if there are underage passengers, and would require an alarm to alert the driver that a door or window was open. The state of Washington is also considering legislation that would prohibit the use of double-decker party buses by private operators.

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