Schumer on Limo Safety

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Schumer Calls On NTSB To Make Limo Safety A Top Priority

May 20, 2019 - 1:48 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Sen. Chuck Schumer on Monday called on the National Transportation Safety Board to make limo safety reform a top priority, nearly four years after a group of young women died in a Cutchogue limousine crash.

The Senate Minority Leader was joined by Steve Baruch and Paul Schulman, who both lost their daughters in the horrific crash. Baruch’s daughter Lauren would have turned 28-years-old on Monday.

“We're hopeful that things will eventually change,” Baruch said.

He told reporters that he stood by Sen. Schumer because it’s something his daughter would have wanted: fighting for limousines to be safer for everyone.

The families who lost children when a stretch limo heading to a winery tour in July 2015 made a U-turn and was struck broadside by a pickup truck have often called for safety reforms.

Schumer has now joined them, calling on the NTSB to include limo safety reform in its 2019-2020 "most wanted" list.

“Seat belt regulations, roll bar regulations, there are all kinds of things that can make these limos much safer because they're long. They're not a car, they're not a truck. There are truck regulations, there are car regulations that the NTSB has put out about safety that Congress has enacted, but they haven't done it for limos,” the Democrat said.

Schulman, whose daughter Britney was killed, says, “The NTSB for allowing this industry to be able to carry on the way it has is mind-boggling.”

Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo also called for reforms in wake of the Oct. 6 limo crash that killed 20 people in Schoharie County.