Panama City Beach, Florida, during spring break (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Thinking of traveling by bus to your spring break destination or taking a party bus around town with friends once you’re there? Be careful. It may prove riskier than any situation-and there are many that come to mind when one thinks of spring break-you could possibly get yourself into.
Across California and the country, you can find story after story of vacation trips taking a tragic turn when the bus everyone was riding on crashed. One of the worst involved a bus accident on a mountain road near a popular ski resort that killed eight people and injured another 32, but there have also been several collisions on local freeways that have resulted in trauma, as well as at least two accidents on party buses that proved fatal.
Several of the fatal bus accidents involved companies that had received numerous safety violations or even been ordered out-of-service but continued to put passengers’ lives at risk in order to make money. If only they had known this before they booked their trips.
Spring breakers can ensure that the buses they’re traveling on this April are the least of their worries by choosing ones with solid safety records. On its website, “Look Before You Book,” and through its SaferBus app, available for the iPhone and Android, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enables you to easily review a bus company’s safety record. A quick check could save you from being stuck on the side of the road missing your vacation-or worse, serious or fatal injury in a crash.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish you a safe and fun spring break. If you need more information on this or other public safety subjects before you leave, feel free to call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.
How will you be traveling this spring?