Regulation

New regs for Friday: Cruise ships, drugs, Mexican wolf

Friday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for investigating crimes on cruise ships, determining whether a prescription drug would impair a driver's ability to operate a motor vehicle, and new protections for the Mexican wolf.

Here's what is happening:

Cruise ships: The Coast Guard is considering new rules for investigating crimes on cruise ships.

Cruise ships would face new security protocols, such as informing passengers about crime aboard the ship, installing systems to detect if someone falls overboard, and crime scene preservation and evidence gathering training, under proposed rules from the Coast Guard.

"Congress found that serious incidents, including sexual assault and the disappearance of passengers at sea, have occurred on cruise vessel voyages, that passengers lack adequate understanding of their vulnerability to crime on board cruise vessels, that inadequate resources are available to assist cruise vessel crime victims, and that detecting and investigating cruise vessel crimes is difficult," the Coast Guard wrote.

The public has 90 days to comment.

Window curtains: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is looking to protect young children from being strangled to death by window coverings such as curtains, shades, blinds and draperies.

In response to a petition, the CPSC on Thursday issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to address safety concerns presented by these window coverings. 

The public has 60 days to comment on the advanced notice of proposed rules.

Impaired driving: The Food and Drug Administration is investigating whether certain drugs impairs drivers' ability to operate motor vehicles.

The FDA issued a draft guidance Thursday that recommends ways in which drugmakers can identify the risks their drugs pose to drivers and others on the road at the same time.

"Driving is a complex activity involving a wide range of cognitive, perceptual, and motor activities," the FDA wrote.

"Reducing the incidence of motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) that occur because of drug-impaired driving is a public health priority," the agency added.

The public has 60 days to comment on the draft guidance.

Electric vehicles: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will not ease electrical shock protection requirements for electric vehicles manufacturers.

The NHTSA announced Thursday it is denying a request from Nissan to accept an alternative method of measuring the electrical shock protection of vehicles.

Endangered: The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is moving forward with new protections for the Mexican wolf.

The FWS announced Thursday it is listing the Mexican wolf as an endangered species and is taking measures to increase the wolf's population.

The changes go into effect in 30 days. 

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