New seat belt law inspired by 2018 Schoharie limo crash

WNYT Staff
Updated: December 28, 2020 05:36 PM
Created: December 28, 2020 03:46 PM

A new seat belt law takes effect on Friday in New York state.

Any motor vehicle that is converted into a stretch limousine from now on must have at least have belts for the front seats and at least one belt for each passenger.

This bill was part of a package of legislation the legislature approved after a fatal limo crash in Schoharie back in 2018. Twenty people were killed, including the limo driver.

A federal investigation revealed there were no seat belts available to the passengers.

The new law requires signs to encourage passengers to use the seat belts, and it requires all stretch limos to have seat belts by January 2023.

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