Schumer: Feds failed to act on limo safety legislation despite 2 NY tragedies

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says federal authorities failed to act on legislation that would make limousines safer despite two tragedies in New York.

Nancy Dimonte, of Elwood, nearly lost her daughter Joelle in a 2015 limo crash in Cutchogue that killed four passengers.

On Monday, Dimonte, other victims' parents and Schumer called on the National Transportation Safety Board to include limo safety reform in its "most wanted list," which lays out the major reforms the agency will push in the year ahead. Those pushed reforms include seat belts, airbags, inspections and roll bars.

Paul Schulman, who lost his 23-year-old daughter Brittney in the Cutchogue crash, says limo safety regulations are long overdue. He questions why limo drivers are not subjected to the same processes as those looking to drive school buses or fly planes.

Penny Casey, president of the Long Island Limousine Association, supports the families' push for change. Members of the Limousine Association say lawmakers should also enact legislation to make mandatory background checks and drug tests for drivers.

Another limo crash in upstate Schoharie, New York, killed 20 people in October 2018.

Schumer says that as soon as the NTSB includes limo safety reform on its most wanted list, Congress will move to pass it into law.

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