The State Senate has passed a package of 9 bills aimed at making stretch limousines safer.
Democrat Tim Kennedy of Buffalo, the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, says the bills require drug and alcohol testing for drivers, and gives the DMV the power to impound vehicles in violation of safety standards.
Seat belts would be required for vehicles carrying nine or more passengers
The bills would also require drivers to obtain a commercial license.
Limos carrying nine or more passengers would have to be fitted with seat belts.
The action comes eight months after the deadly limo crash in Schoharie.
State Senator Jim Tedisco tells WGY News that action was essential.
Kevin Cushing, whose son, Patrick, ironically worked for the State Senate, says he's cautiously optimistic.
The package of bills now goes to the Assembly, but the fate of at least some of them is still unclear.