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Brown signs Corbett bill for more exits on limos

Original post made on Oct 13, 2013

A bill that aims to improve safety for limousine passengers in the wake of a fatal limousine tragedy that killed five women on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge earlier this year was signed into law Friday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, October 12, 2013, 8:19 AM

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Posted by stewart, a resident of another community
on Oct 13, 2013 at 7:45 am

So? Let me see if I have this correctly? The limousine association's view is that if there were additional exits that would have killed the ladies regardless?
What am I missing here?


Posted by Bad Bill, a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Oct 14, 2013 at 10:00 pm

This bill completely ignores the facts of this tradegy. A friend of mine was a fire forensic specialist who examined the vehicle and other aspects of this matter.

The fire was directly caused by failure to maintain "air bags" used to support the added weight of stretched limosines. (These are not to be confused with collision protection air bags like we have in our cars.) The vehicle had no rigid backup system to prevent the vehicle from sagging from the weight of the passengers and the inadequately maintained air bags.

Lacking these protections, the vehicle sagged down to the point where the spinning drive shaft contacted the floorboards. The noise of this metal on metal could not be heard over the sound of the loud music being played by the occupants. Friction heated the floorboard to the point that the upholstery and such caught fire.

When the vehicle came to a stop, the passengers could not escape because the doors were locked and could only be opened from the driver's control seat controls. This situation was present because the occupants, like many young folks in limosines, think that it is fun to open their doors while the vehicle is in motion. Should someone fall out and be injured, the limosine company would, of course, be sued. So the door locks are controlled by the driver.

Now, please tell me how an additional exit will fix any of these contributing factors?


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