NY Senate committee passes limo safety bills ahead of prom season

The state Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday passed a package of bills all aimed at improving limo safety.

News 12 Staff

May 30, 2019, 3:52 PM

Updated 1,843 days ago

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The state Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday passed a package of bills all aimed at improving limo safety.
Nancy Dimonte's daughter Joelle was one of the four women who survived a 2015 limo crash in Cutchogue. Dimonte says ever since then, the families of the eight women in the car that day have been pushing for stricter regulations in the limo industry. She says it was after 20 people died in a crash in upstate Schoharie last year that they began pushing even harder for change.
The passed measures include mandating that stretch limos have commercial GPS devices, requiring background checks, drug and alcohol testing for drivers and a commercial driving license for drivers operating a car with nine or more people.
Aside from the bills passed Thursday, the state budget agreement includes tougher civil and criminal penalties for illegal limo operators, as well as giving the state Department of Transportation the power to remove license plates from limos that fail inspections.
Dimonte says the victims' families are still pushing for more and want change nationally.
No date has been set for a full Senate vote on the bills.
News 12 did not hear back from the Assembly speaker's office for comment on the status of their bills.
 
VIDEO: Mother of woman who survived Cutchogue limo crash talks about new safety bills
 
 


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