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Long Island Lawyer Says Cruise Ship Safety Bill Great for Travelers

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Recently, a bill known as the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act has been signed into law. The law was created in order to protect cruise ship passengers from sexual assaults, theft, and other dangers. Previously, when crimes were committed on international waters, no report on behalf of the cruise line had to be filed. The new law mandates that all crimes are reported and that all cruise ships have rape kits and at least one forensic expert on board at all times. The law will also ensure that all ships have security cameras and that ship guard rails are at least 42-inches high.

These changes should come as great news for cruise goers, as the improvements will likely dramatically improve on board safety. However, as great as the changes are, it strikes me as odd that these safety standards took so long to be brought about. It seems logical that a cruise ship company should do all in its power to protect its passengers. Under premise liability laws, property owners are responsible for maintaining premises that are safe and fee of hazards. For cruise lines, it should be no different.  Regardless, at Goldstein and Bashner, we are glad to see this legislation passed. Our firm has been dedicated to protecting the safety and rights of the public for years, and the cruise safety law only helps our fight. If you have been injured as the result of negligence on behalf of a premise owner, our New York and Long Island personal injury attorneys can help you. Please contact our offices for a free case evaluation.

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