California is one of the few states to enact safety measures to protect passengers traveling in limousines. After a limo fire killed five women in 2013, California regulators took action by requiring limo companies to install emergency exits and provide safety briefings to their passengers. Now, a deadly limo accident in New York is raising more awareness about crashes involving large limousines.
In July, four women were killed and four others were seriously injured on Long Island when the limo they were riding in was broadsided by another vehicle. At the time, the limo was performing a U-turn, and the driver of the second vehicle was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. The chief of police in Southold, New York, said that there were no airbags in the limo and he is not aware if any of the passengers had seat belts on.