NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New legislation could put the brakes on underage drinking on party buses in New York.
The law would require large groups of underage bus passengers to be accompanied by at least one adult chaperone.
State Sen. Jeff Klein is introducing the bill Thursday afternoon.
The announcement follows Monday’s arrest of a Long Island limo driver who police said was driving a party bus loaded with drunken teens and large amounts of booze.
There were 42 people, all ages 16 and 17, in various stages of intoxication aboard the limo bus, police said. Troopers also found more than 100 cans of beer and several bottles, both unopened and empty, of whisky and rum, police said.
Police charged the driver, Luis Guevara-Henriquz, 26, of Hempstead, with endangering the welfare of children.
Bus company owner Matt Delaney wants the charge dropped, saying the driver didn’t know about the alcohol and didn’t provide it.
Delaney said the bus was severely damaged and believes the teens should be charged with vandalism.
He said it will cost $25,000 to repair the bus.
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