PARTIES & POLES: Who should be responsible for bus passenger drinking? A proposed law could mean more legal hassles for limo bus operators amid high-profile under-aged drinking deaths.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A state lawmaker from the San Francisco Bay Area will propose legislation next week that would crack down on party bus operators that allow underage drinking aboard their vehicles.
Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said the legislation follows the October death of a 17-year-old Redondo Beach, Calif., student and the February death of a Burlingame teen, both of whom had been drinking aboard party buses.
"It's becoming a major issue," Hill said Tuesday.
The proposed law, Hill said, would close a gap in current regulations that hold limousine operators, but not specifically party buses, responsible for underage drinking in their vehicles.
Party bus companies offer souped-up vehicles with neon lighting, bars, sound systems and room for dancing, drinking and lounging. Some even have stripper poles.
The buses, which rent for $150 to $250 an hour from various limousine companies, became popular with the students at the EF International Language School in Redondo Beach, where young people from around the world learn English.
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Source: Daily Breeze, Torrance, Calif.