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Duck Boats Getting Safety Upgrade

Starting in April, duck boats will be required to have two workers on board in addition to blind-spot sensors.

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    Duck Boats Getting Safety Upgrade
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    One of Boston’s most famous tourist attractions is getting a lot safer.

    Starting in April, duck boats will be required to have two workers on board. Previously the duck boat driver steered the boat in addition to narrating the tours. Now the duties will be separate with one person handling the boat and the other talking to the tourists.

    Additionally, the boats themselves are getting an upgrade. Now all vehicles will have blind-spot detector cameras and sensors.

    Massachusetts Senator Will Brownsberger first introduced the bill earlier this year after a 29 year old woman killed after getting hit by a duck boat in April.

    Boats that are not equipped with the proper safety features will receive a $500 penalty for the first safety violation and a $1,000 fine for any subsequent offences.

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