People who ride in stretch limousines should be required to wear safety belts, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday proposed in his State of the State address.
In addition, Cuomo wants to increase criminal and civil penalties for those who operate without a permit and tamper with a federal motor vehicle safety tag. And he wants to eliminate the statutory exemptions for operating permits in transportation law.
The proposals are being made after lawmakers and Cuomo last year agreed to a package of limousine safety measures that included strengthening insurance requirements, new felony penalties for people who cause a death when a vehicle is under suspension, and authorized the DMV to refuse and revoke registrations for altered vehicles that fail to meet federal safety requirements.
But the changes fell short for some family members of those who died in a stretch limousine crash in October 2018, which killed 20 people in Schoharie.