Cruise Line Industry Legislation Excessive - Statistics Don't Warrant Congressional Attention - S.1340
If you watched the Senate hearing on bill S.1340, you should have had the urge to contact your senator and congress-person, urging their research, then their vote against this new anti-business, proposed U. S. Congress Legislation.
Since most U.S. legislators were lawyers first, they know how heavily the cruise industry is already legislated and whether or not there is some real cause for concern that cruise ship crime is out of control, or at minimum on the rise. The facts don't support the hype for the John Rockefeller IV introduced bill .
Having eight years researching the cruise industry, reading every word of hundreds of cruise industry lawsuits, spread over thousands of pages of court documents, it's clear that nearly all cases of "crime" aboard cruise ships were the result of passenger or crew taking their own life, or at least making poor decisions related to their well-being, or that of their children , which were counter-productive to their well-being and/or survival. For that, a small group of citizens and lawyers seek to legislate the cruise industry more than it already pro-actively addresses, with legislation incorrectly designed to protect people from their stupidity, inappropriate and self-destructive acts.
As proof of these self-destructive acts, stupidity or natural causes for death, the Cruise Ship Deaths
website has objectively compiled the statistics for every category of death, recorded by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) for a wide, random selection of deaths at sea, which include, natural causes, drug or alcohol overdose, accidental injuries, illness and murders. Of the confirmed crime deaths, nearly all were committed by someone known to the assailant and such act was destined to take place anywhere at that particular time. The cruise ship was just a scene of convenience, which could not be prevented.
Of the 593 cruise ship deaths which comprise completely random records on the Cruise Ship Deaths website, 69 were from natural causes, 58 were from overboards, 15 were from confirmed alcohol or drug related deaths, 9 were from illness related deaths, 4 were from drowning. The bulk of the cruise ship deaths were from fires and sinkings, none of which are covered in the language of the pending cruise ship legislation. Bill S.1340 is also known as the Cruise Passenger Protection Act. None of the proposed amendments will do anything to protect the highest percentage of cruise ship crimes, deaths or Cruise Ship Complaints. The consumer complaints are covered under existing consumer protection laws and the crimes are currently governed by existing U. S. federal laws.
Again, only a handful could have actually been prevented or resolved with a saved life utilizing cabin door locks or peepholes; almost none would have made a difference in the outcome of cruise ship overboards by using a cruise ship closed circuit television or Man Overboard Alert Systems. If a person is intent on climbing over the rails while drunk or deliberately take their life, they don't want to be saved.
The balance of the cruise ship deaths were from Cruise Ship Sinkings or grounding
decades ago before regulations for cruise ship design and safety regulations were implemented, or from Cruise Ship Fires, the bulk of which were from early design cruise ships or from terrorist attacks, most of which resulted in sinking.
The legislators can't regulate to protect citizen from acts of terrorism, stupidity, nor to protect anyone from self-destructive behavior. Any legislation presented from this date forward only serves to penalize the cruise industry for the stupidity of others and failed personal responsibilty of others; It's a waste of tax-payers money, a waste of congress' time and will only serve to drive the cruise industry and their spin off jobs from United States ports.
Further, the need for an online database of cruise ship crimes is moot. The crimes aboard cruise ships are already listed on a wide selection of federal government websites, including the FBI, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U. S. Coast Guard, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and numerous other federal and state government websites. As with any cruise or vacation planning, it's the responsibility of the traveler to implement due diligence when researching a travel destination, their amenities, policy, regulations, ticket contract and other information related to the trip, before booking the vacation.
The intent of S.1340 is duplicitous with existing cruise industry legislation and only serves some lawyers who sue the cruise industry, by placing all events in one database, making it cheap and easy for them to represent cruise ship passengers and/or crew members and their families in cases where stupidity or self-destructive behavior was the primary if not sole cause of "injury".
Say "no" to more cruise industry legislation. It will do nothing to protect cruise ship passengers and crew members.