Prom season is coming up. That means tuxes, gowns and limousines. But these days an old fashioned stretch limo can look a bit stodgy. The new rage is party buses. They carry more people and you can even stand up, dance and drink as you cruise down the road. But these parties on wheels can come at a price. Nationwide there have been nearly two dozen fatalities on these buses including one here in the Northwest.
Now regulators in Washington state are getting ready to crackdown on the industry.
If you’ve never been on a party bus before, let me take you inside one.
“I’m William. This is my party bus.”
William Prigmore is showing me his converted 1998 Ford shuttle bus. Picture neon lights, wrap-around leather seats and the center aisle converted into a narrow, wood dance floor.
“Got a nice stereo system with a PlayStation II, 37-inch flat screen TV, exotic pole,” says Prigmore.
Yes, this bus even has a brass pole – and no, it’s not for holding onto around corners. I ask Prigmore what’s the point of a party bus?
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