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Agreement Reached On Limo Safety Legislation In New York

Hans Pennink
New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and members of the Senate and Assembly stand with family members of the victims from the Schohaire limousine crash at a news conference to discuss limousine safety legislation in Albany on Tuesday.

New York lawmakers have reached an agreement on a limousine safety regulation package. 

State Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins says the measures will help keep limo drivers and their passengers safe.   

“We’re going to improve safety. We’re going to hold limousine companies and drivers accountable, and ultimately we’re going to save lives.”

The measures include new rules for seatbelts, taking defective limos off the road, drug and alcohol testing for drivers and stricter driver’s license requirements. They also increase penalties for illegal u-turns. 

The new regulations come after federal investigations into fatal limo crashes in Cutchogue, Long Island, and Albany in recent years. 

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.