Party buses are rented, preferably by groups of teens and adults, when heading to nightclubs and no one is able to operate a vehicle primarily from consuming alcohol. Although this may seem like a safe alternative to a designated driver, critics believe that party buses are “turning a blind eye” to underage drinking.
After an incident in Santa Cruz, California where two, drunk party bus attendees broke out in a fight leaving one of them dead took place, California Assemblyman Jerry Hill sponsored a bill that would regulate party bus companies and operators. The bill will ensure that party bus companies and operators are responsible for the people who board the buses, “including minors who drink onboard.”
Hill also added that the bill will regulate party bus companies and operators to ensure that no underage drinking occurs on buses boarded with minors. The bill will prohibit minors from boarding buses under the influence of alcohol and from bringing alcohol on the bus. If minors are on a party bus, bus companies must ensure that an adult 25 years or older is accompanying the minors.
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