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Poll: Should Party Bus Drivers Be Responsible for Drunk Passengers?

After a young woman died from falling from a party bus, lawmakers contemplate a bill that would hold bus drivers and owners responsible.

Last weekend, a 25-year-old woman fatally fell from a party bus returning from a concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.

Natasha Noland and another young woman, both highly inebriated, allegedly began physically fighting and Noland fell from the bus and died after the bus ran over her. All the passengers--some underage-- on the bus driving on Highway 17 in Los Gatos were too drunk to recall exact details, but the bus driver was sober, .

Under California law, party bus owners and drivers do not assume responsibility for their passengers, in contrast to limousine companies that do.

Assemblyman Jerry Hill introduced his bill, AB 45, a year and a half ago to hold bus drivers and owners (in addition to limousine companies) accountable for under-age drinking.

The measure has passed in the Assembly and is working its way through the Senate.

Should bus drivers be held accountable for their passengers' behavior? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section.

Tess August 07, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Having been on party buses a number of times - they are a GREAT way to enjoy yourself without worrying about knowing where to go or who you are with. Of course the party buses I've been on have always had a "party guide" who pours on the bus, makes sure you get in and out of the clubs safely and gets you a cab if he doesn't think you should be driving. A driver alone could not take care of all of this - and should not be made to be responsible for your adult actions! If you are old enough to drink and party, you should be responsible enough to take care of yourself and for your actions. btw stop calling a 25 year old woman a girl - that is just insulting!.
Andrew Boone August 07, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Sounds like fun. Weird I never heard of this before. I guess I'm in a totally different party scene - Bike Party, which by definition, doesn't use buses.
Andrew Boone August 07, 2012 at 03:56 AM
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word "girl" has many definitions, including "A woman of any age" and "A female child", among many others. So a 25-yr old female can correctly be called a girl according to at least one definition of the word. Not sure how this has any relevance whatsoever to the topic under discussion though.
Tina Palmer August 07, 2012 at 07:19 AM
I agree completely. When I got picked up for a DUI many years ago, I was responsible for my actions. Not the cops, not the judge, not society, ME. Lets say you are driving your drunk friends home and they get into a fight in the back seat and fall out of the car, (yes they should be wearing a seat belt) MY responsibility is to be the sober driver and drive, not be a babysitter.
Tina Palmer August 07, 2012 at 07:25 AM
I once saw in a movie they refereed to the elderly woman as their "office girl". Now THAT is insulting. ;)

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