TULLY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Sunday marks the one year anniversary since the limousine crash that killed 20 people in Schoharie, New York. On Oct. 6th, 2018, a stretch limousine blew through an intersection at the bottom of a long hill and barreled into an embankment.
Since the tragedy, there have been changes to the way limousine companies are run. Carrie Curtis with Walkabout Limousine in Tully said her drivers always go over safety measures with their passengers before hitting the road. But now, more people are asking those questions on their own.
“Most of the changes are going to be in behavior. Behavior on the companies and behavior on part of the clients as far as asking and providing information to ensure safety,” said Curtis, Director of Operations with the company.
The New York State Department of Transportation is calling for more documents, too. When you get into a limo, you’ll now see inspection records for the past two years and a document showing whether the company has the authority to drive that car on the road. You’ll need to ask for other documents if you’d like to see them.
“In stretch vehicles only, so again this would just be this vehicle and in the hummer, we are told we have to provide a copy of the license, a redacted license for every driver on our roster eligible to drive this vehicle,” Curtis said.
The National Transportation Safety Board is stepping in, too. The organization released a list of recommendations this past week asking that all passenger seats in new limos from here on out have both a lap and shoulder restraint on all seatbelts.
“My question is, how are we going to govern that because my driver is paying attention to the road and making sure this vehicle gets from place to place safely. He’s not constantly monitoring the clients in the backseat to see if they have their seatbelts on,” Curtis said.
The rules might be hard to enforce, but the staff and this company are willing to do anything to keep their passengers safe.
“One of my drivers specifically says ‘ma’am, I want to get home to my children. I’ll make sure your children get home to you,'” Curtis said.
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