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In Seattle, we are concerned about the safety and public nuisance caused by the DUKW boats that are operated in our city limits. As citizens of the City of Seattle, we would like to organize and affect changes necessary to ensure that these vehicles are operated in a safe and respectful manner in/on our city, streets, neighborhoods, lakes and docks.
DUKW boats operated by "RideTheDucksOfSeattle.com" in an unsafe and/or public-nusiance manner, thereby affecting citizens of Seattle, public/private property and local noise ordiances.
Sep 2015 on Aurora Bridge:4 Killed, 52 injured as 'Duck' Vehicle, bus collide on Aurora Bridge. Komo News
Aug 2010 at Sunnyside Public Launch:Two representatives of "RideTheDucksOfSeattle.com" were stationed at the public-launch to coordinate the entry/exit of DUKW boats at the Sunnyside Public Boat-Launch. When queried as to the reason, it was learned that a DUKW nearly collided with another citizen's vehicle as it used the launch.
Aug 2010 on Lake Union: A DUKW boat from "RideTheDucksOfSeattle.com" nearly front-end collided with a small 14' sailboat on Lake Union. The driver of the DUKW was not attentitive to boat traffic ahead of the vehicle and his head/torso was turned to the back of the vehicle as he entertained the boat's patrons. The collision was adverted by the sailboat turning 180 degrees and the driver putting the boat in full-reverse.
Aug 2010 at Sunnyside Public Launch: A group of 3 DUKW boats from "RideTheDucksOfSeattle.com" attempted to push past two vehicles as they launching/retrieving boats. Busy to make their tourist-schedule, the driver of the first DUKW asked over the P/A to one of the boaters: "How am I doing in the front there?" as he inched the DUKW within 6" of the truck. The driver said that he "did not feel it was safe, I've had already waited for 3 other DUKW boats and you will have wait like everyone else". At which point, the driver encouraged the passengers to berrate the driver as they waited for him to retrieve the boat.
Dec 2001:Operated by "RideTheDucks.com" a DUKW boat sank in Lake Union. The driver "forgot to put in the drain-plug". Seattle PI
July 2010 in Philadelphia: DUKW boat collides with a barge, killing TWO tourists. CNN
May 1999 in Arkansas: DUKW boat floods and kills THIRTEEN tourists. Article