State Senate Passes Limousine Safety Laws

Albany, N.Y. - The State Senate has given the green light to several new limousine safety laws.

The measures are aimed at preventing a tragedy similar to the one in Schoharie last October that left 20 people dead.

If approved, drivers would have to undergo drug and alcohol testing, seatbelts would be required in all stretch limos with nine or more passengers and GPS systems would need to be installed on limos. A state hotline, website and app would also have to be set up so people can file complaints against potentially dangerous limousines.

The legislation must still be approved by the Assembly and signed by the governor to take effect.

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