Assemblyman Hill's Party Bus Legislation Among New Laws Passed

January 03, 2013

South San Francisco Patch

By Bay City News

Texting while driving, red-light cameras and party buses are among the targets of new driving-related laws that took effect in California today.

Among the bills passed by the state Legislature and signed into law this year by Gov. Jerry Brown is AB 45 by Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, which takes aim at charter-party vehicles such as limos and buses. It will require that the carrier have a chaperone age 25 or older in the vehicle if any passengers will be drinking to ensure that no minors are given alcohol. Both the chaperone and the carrier will be held responsible for any violations.

Hill has said that he drafted the bill back in 2010 in memory of Brett Studebaker, 19, of Burlingame, who died when he crashed his car earlier that year after being allowed to drink on a party bus even though he was underage.

The issue of chartered party buses received additional attention last July when 25-year-old Santa Cruz resident Natasha Noland was killed on Highway 17 after apparently falling out a party bus during a fight with another partygoer after consuming alcohol.