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State report reveals party bus dangers

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Growing concerns about the dangers of party buses have Washington lawmakers pushing for change.

As thousands of high school seniors prepare for prom, a new report released by the state on Monday reveals clear dangers connected to party buses, according to officials.

A statewide investigation was launched by the State of Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission after an 11-year-old Vancouver girl fell through an emergency window of a party bus in Oregon and was killed in 2012.

The Party Bus Report revealed the industry is largely unregulated.

In the past four years, more than a dozen people nationwide have been killed and many more were injured, according to the report. In most of those cases, the victims unintentionally opened the emergency door and fell out.

On top of that the UTC found 33 party bus companies operating in Washington state, with just 14 holding the proper permits to drive from the UTC.

The UTC made several recommendations to improve safety, including that an adult chaperone be present if anybody on the bus is under 21 and alcohol is served. The UTC also recommends the limit of alcohol consumption all together.

A copy of the party bus investigation report is available on the commission's website www.utc.wa.gov/partybysreport.

On page 13 of the report, the state lists the names of licensed versus unlicensed companies in Washington.

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