Westchester lawmaker proposes bill to improve limo safety after fatal upstate crash

<p>A Westchester lawmaker is proposing new legislation following a tragic limousine crash in upstate New York that left 20 people dead.</p>

News 12 Staff

Oct 22, 2018, 9:34 PM

Updated 2,099 days ago

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A Westchester lawmaker is proposing new legislation following a tragic limousine crash in upstate New York that left 20 people dead.
Prompted by the horrific limousine crash in upstate New York on Oct. 6 that left 20 people dead, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, of Scarsdale, is introducing legislation aimed at improving the safety of stretch limousines.

"What this accident pointed out is we have to take a relook at the law, and we have to make sure that these vehicles are safe,” she says.

Paulin has introduced six bills aimed at doing just that. The first measure calls for a task force to study the safety of stretch limousines. Another bill would add a seatbelt requirement specifically for stretch limousines, while another would require limo drivers to undergo periodic drug and alcohol testing.
Assemblywoman Paulin says she will reintroduce the bills when the legislative session starts next January in Albany. She says she's confident some of them will pass.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said the modified limo in the upstate crash failed inspection and the driver wasn't properly licensed. The driver was among those killed in the crash.
A preliminary report on the upstate crash is expected in the next few weeks. It was the deadliest U.S. transportation accident in almost a decade.


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