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Friday, October 11, 2013

Just Months After Tragic Limo Fire, Brown Signs Bill Adding More Exit Points

State Sen. Ellen Corbett
LEGISLATURE | Government is notoriously sluggish. But, just months after five women perished while trapped in a horrific limousine fire on the San Mateo Bridge, a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Friday will increase the number of exit points on vehicles, in case a similar accident ever occurs.

State Sen. Ellen Corbett offered the bill following the May 10 limousine fire that killed five passengers on their way to a bridal shower in the East Bay. The incident was followed by a near accident in June involving 10 elderly women en route to a birthday party. “When traveling to a wedding, birthday, prom or other occasion, it is vital that limo passengers remain safe so that these celebrations do not turn into tragedies,” Corbett said in a statement.

Starting in July 2015, licensed limousine operators will be required to install push out windows on all new vehicles on either side of the rear compartment or rooftop. The new law also allows existing limousines a phasing-in period of two-and-a-half years to add additional exit points. An investigation into the San Mateo Bridge limo fire detailed passengers in the rear of the vehicle struggled to exit the burning limo. Some were pulled through a front-facing window, while other did not make it out in time. Limo operators will also be required to instruct passengers on the new safety features before the beginning of any trip under the new law.

A similar bill pertaining to the May limo fire would have required the California Highway Patrol to charge limousine operators $75 to perform vehicle safety inspections was vetoed by Brown Friday. In his veto message, Brown encouraged the authors, led by San Mateo Assemblyman Jerry Hill, to reintroduce the bill next January with a larger fee commensurate with the actual cost of performing the inspections.

21 comments :

Corbett legislates everything under the sun.

You are such a doofus it's really funny Swalwell staffer. I don't know who is more incompetent----you or your boss. I do know you are more disturbed and really need to seek help. When you pretend to be Ellen Corbett to make point only you understand, it's really unbelievable. I guess you never will be able to defend Swalwell's flip-flops and finally realize that in 2014 the game will be over for the two of you. Wait, Eric just called and conceited the election to Ellen Corbett after apologizing for his staffer who made the racist and sexist remarks.

You are such a doofus it's really funny Swalwell staffer. I don't know who is more incompetent----you or your boss. I do know you are more disturbed and really need to seek help. When you pretend to be Ellen Corbett to make point only you understand, it's really unbelievable. I guess you never will be able to defend Swalwell's flip-flops and finally realize that in 2014 the game will be over for the two of you. Wait, Eric just called and conceited the election to Ellen Corbett after apologizing for his staffer who made the racist and sexist remarks.

You are such a doofus it's really funny Swalwell staffer. I don't know who is more incompetent----you or your boss. I do know you are more disturbed and really need to seek help. When you pretend to be Ellen Corbett to make point only you understand, it's really unbelievable. I guess you never will be able to defend Swalwell's flip-flops and finally realize that in 2014 the game will be over for the two of you. Wait, Eric just called and conceited the election to Ellen Corbett after apologizing for his staffer who made the racist and sexist remarks.

Gosh, 7:13, 9:13, 9:13, Third time is the charm.

"Wait, Eric just called and conceited the election to Ellen Corbett"

All done while Ellen softly sings -
"You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you"

Then Ellen wakes up--just like dream in 'Dallas'--realizes it was all in her mind, and takes a drink.

Back to reality!

This is not about Eric and Ellen. This was about a good bill that will save lives. Thank you Ellen.

Yes, but I don't want to lose mine because of something that could be prevented.

No guarantees in life. The words I least like are 'possible' 'could' 'might.'

Life is a crap shoot. Always more than 'could' be done. At some point enough is enough. This was a one-time fluke.

You might not like Ellen, but this was something good she did. This was not the first time a limo caught fire, and according to a police spokesperson, he was happy the bill passed.

Interesting how because you didn't know any of the people who perished in the San Mateo bridge limo fire, you refer to it as a "fluke", 6:44. Because the victims were very likely strangers to you, you refer to their loss as a fluke. Keep in mind that their loss was much more than a fluke to their friends, loved ones and co-workers. They were wives and daughters and sisters who died in a way that most of us have nightmares about. Perhaps you could squeak out a little compassion here.

Starting in July 2015, licensed limousine operators will be required to install push out windows on all new vehicles on either side of the rear compartment or rooftop. The new law also allows existing limousines a phasing-in period of two-and-a-half years to add additional exit points. An investigation into the San Mateo Bridge limo fire detailed passengers in the rear of the vehicle struggled to exit the burning limo. Some were pulled through a front-facing window, while other did not make it out in time. Limo operators will also be required to instruct passengers on the new safety features before the beginning of any trip under the new law.

I am a fireman in Alameda County and this is a good bill and promotes safety. Ellen Corbett's bill will save lives. I wish people would be more considerate of unnecessary loss of life.

Too much legislation in the world now. This really wasn't needed. It was a one-time fluke.

Not according to police and fire. And, it has happened before.

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Starting in July 2015, licensed limousine operators will be required to install push out windows on all new vehicles on either side of the rear compartment or rooftop. The new law also allows existing limousines a phasing-in period of two-and-a-half years to add additional exit points. An investigation into the San Mateo Bridge limo fire detailed passengers in the rear of the vehicle struggled to exit the burning limo. Some were pulled through a front-facing window, while other did not make it out in time. Limo operators will also be required to instruct passengers on the new safety features before the beginning of any trip under the new law.

I am a fireman in Alameda County and this is a good bill and promotes safety. Ellen Corbett's bill will save lives. I wish people would be more considerate of unnecessary loss of life.

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