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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature. Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

Washington Regulators Shut Down Party Bus Company

Washington regulators are continuing their crackdown on the party bus industry. The state’s Utilities and Transportation Commission announced Wednesday that it’s shutting down a company that stranded a group of prom-goers.

What made headlines in this case was the teens were left stranded on prom night and didn’t get a refund. But it’s what happened before that that raises safety concerns. The UTC said on the ride to the prom the bus blew a tire. Even so the driver kept going.

The UTC has now ordered Tenacious Party Rides to cease-and-desist all operations and pay a fine.

Party buses are basically rolling parties with music, dance floors and, often, alcohol. There have been numerous fatal accidents involving these parties-on-wheels across the country – including the death of an eleven-year-old girl in Portland in 2012.

We called Tenacious Party Rides, but its phone was disconnected.

This is the third cease-and-desist order issued to a party bus company in Washington since 2012.

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."