September 26, 2015 at 2:20 pm #44053
As I read the story about four international students that were killed in the collision of a duckboat and bus, I suddenly thought I was reading an article about banning guns. Just remove the word “duckboats” and insert “guns” in its place, and you almost wouldn’t know it wasn’t about guns in the first place.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the deadly crash of a duck boat and charter bus in Seattle.
Four international students died in the crash Thursday after witnesses said the duck boat veered into the oncoming bus on a Seattle bridge.
About 45 students and staff from North Seattle College were traveling Thursday to the city’s iconic Pike Place Market and Safeco Field for orientation events when witnesses said the duck boat suddenly swerved into their oncoming charter bus.
The National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation into the deadly crash of a duck boat and charter bus is the first time the agency has looked into a land crash of the amphibious vehicles critics say are too dangerous for city streets. The agency has scrutinized the military-style vehicles several times when they’ve been in accidents on water, board member Earl Weener said at a news conference Friday.
Even before the crash, calls had emerged for greater oversight and even an outright ban on the military-style vehicles that allow tourists to see cities by road and water. Critics say the large amphibious vehicles are built for war, not for ferrying people on narrow city streets. “Duck boats are dangerous on the land and on the water. They shouldn’t be allowed to be used,” Robert Mongeluzzi, a Philadelphia attorney, said Friday, renewing his call for a moratorium on their operation nationwide.
[In 2010] A tugboat-guided barge plowed into a duck boat packed with tourists that had stalled in the Delaware River, sinking the boat and killing two Hungarian students.
“They were created to invade a country from the water, not to carry tourists,” said Mongeluzzi, whose firm now represents the family of a [meaning “ONE“] woman killed in May by an amphibious vehicle in Philadelphia.
“This is a business model that requires the driver to be a driver, tour guide and entertainer at the same time,” said Steve Bulzomi, the attorney for a [meaning “ONE“] motorcyclist who was run over and dragged by a duck boat that came up behind him at a stoplight in Seattle in 2011.
“REAL” concerns (really part of the hype):
Critics say the large amphibious vehicles are built for war, not for ferrying people on narrow city streets. “Duck boats are dangerous on the land and on the water. They shouldn’t be allowed to be used. They were created to invade a country from the water, not to carry tourists,” Robert Mongeluzzi, a Philadelphia attorney, said Friday, renewing his call for a moratorium on their operation nationwide.
The amphibious boats are remnants from when the U.S. Army deployed thousands of amphibious landing craft during World War II. Once the war was over, some were converted to sightseeing vehicles in U.S. cities.
Facts & history:
In Boston, the company that operates Boston Duck Tours told WCVB-TV that it’s constantly re-assessing safety. CEO Cindy Brown says training is rigorous and maintenance is meticulous — with 18 full time mechanics inspecting 28 vehicles. She also says all new drivers are required to go through about 8 weeks of training. Boston Duck Tours has not had any fatal crashes in its 21-year history.
And going back and counting the massive number of deaths caused by these military-style vehicles in past years, this article was able to come up with a grand total of, let’s see now, 4+2+1+1 [i.e. EIGHT!] whole deaths since 2010 across the nation. And of course, further down in the article we got to read about the Boston company that hasn’t had a fatality in its 21 year history.
But a federal agency is going to, “find out what… the industry can do to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” according to NTSB spokesperson, Earl Weener. Ever! Not once! And why talk about just plain ordinary vehicles, which were originally created to replace horses in order to get greater range and speed. Bring back the horses! Oh wait – they probably emit too much methane gas. Global warming. Everybody just walk everywhere ….
So over the past five years, a whole eight people tragically lost their lives in an average of less than one accident per year, while one large operator of these vehicles has gone 21 years without a single loss of life. But because these are former MILITARY vehicles, designed for MILITARY use in WAR, it’s all their fault, and they should be banned from civilian use. Forget the actual circumstances, causes, etc. Sound familiar?
(Sorry – just me bein’ in a bad mood this morning after reading this idiocy.)September 26, 2015 at 3:56 pm #44054
Good post !September 28, 2015 at 10:45 am #44067
I’d like to buy a duck boat and convert it into an RV. I’m sure it’s more environmentally safe than VW bugs or ignition switches / air bags made in Japan.
Next big headline on drudge. Regulators go to war … On Everyone. You must conform or die.
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