Limo safety campaign fueled by tragedies sputters in Albany

By Michael Gormley with Newsday

August 04, 2019

Originally published in Newsday on August 04, 2019.

On May 2, some of the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers who lost 24 relatives, mostly young adults, in two horrific crashes of limousines on Long Island and in upstate Schoharie County since 2015 entered the State Legislature’s massive hearing room in a fury. Sometimes through tears, they demanded action on stalled bills to make the stretch limo business safer.

The emotional debate roiled Albany for months as few issues have in recent years. The fight was over whether stretch limos are rogue operators making a quick buck by taking short cuts on safety; or whether they are a godsend for limiting drinking and driving at weddings, parties and proms, but were now plagued by the tragic actions of a few “bad actors.”

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