AAA: Tour bus crash in Caroline County changed industry

Posted at 10:19 PM, Jan 23, 2013

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – AAA-Mid-Atlantic says a deadly tour bus crash in Caroline Caroline County two years ago that killed four people changed the way the industry works.

On the same day that bus driver Kin Yiu Cheung was sentenced, Windy Van Curen with AAA Mid-Atlantic, talked with CBS 6 about the safety changes that have been made since the crash.

Van Curen says the crash forced federal regulators to put tougher safety measures in place. They’re also following up regularly with tour bus companies to make sure they are following the rules.

“You know, they basically have updated all their safety improvement measures that address things such as driver fatigue, driver behavior, your vehicle maintenance, occupant protection, a bunch of things like that,” said Van Curen. “Not only do they do that, they`re going to do periodic safety checks to make sure and they`re looking at the logs, because all drivers have to have logs, and all of that. They’re looking at a lot more carefully, making sure that people are following those behaviors.

If tour bus companies aren’t following the rules, the government is shutting them down — and has also taken steps to make sure companies don’t reopen under another name.