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Senate Approves New Safety Regulations for Duck Boats

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    File photo of the deadly crash involving a duck boat that killed 28-year-old Allison Warmuth in April.

    The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill setting new safety regulations for amphibious sightseeing vehicles, more commonly known as duck boats.

    The measure, passed by senators Thursday during a lightly-attended informal session, would require all duck boat operators to separate the responsibilities of driver and tour guide. It also calls for blind spot cameras and proximity sensors on all the vehicles.

    The bill was filed following the April death of 28-year-old Allison Warmuth, who was struck and killed by a Boston Duck Tours vehicle while riding a scooter near Boston Common.

    The company has since announced that it will have separate drivers and tour guides on all of its duck boats starting next year.

    Duck Boat Crash Victim's Parents Address Lawmakers

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    The parents of a woman who died in a crash involving a duck boat headed to the Massachusetts State House to push for new safety rules for the amphibious sightseeing vessels. (Published Thursday, July 7, 2016)

    It's unclear if the House will take up the Senate-passed bill before the Legislature ends formal sessions on Sunday.

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