Planning on renting a limo? Consider these safety tips before your ride begins

The former NTSB chairman says safety needs to come first.

Andrew Kramer
October 09, 2018 - 8:30 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The investigation into Saturday's deadly limousine crash in Upstate New York has revealed some alarming details. The vehicle had not passed inspection, and the driver never should have been behind the wheel because he wasn't properly licensed. 

When it comes to renting a limousine, safety should always come first, says Mark Rosenker, who is the transportation and safety analyst for CBS News, and the former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. He suggests that people do some research before choosing a company to rent from.

"Try to find any testimonials about the quality of the drivers and the quality of the vehicles that they are riding in," Rosenker said.

And when your limo arrives to you pick you and your companions up, Rosenker reccomends paying close attention to a few things.

"If the vehicle isn't clean, if the vehicle does not have safety belts, if the driver does not seem to be one that should be behind the wheel, those are all pretty good signals something is wrong here," he said.

"Certainly the best thing to do, of course, is to only take vehicles that have safety belts in them. Many of these extended vehicles don't have the safety belts built in after they've made the modifications. So those are dangerous."

He says one of the New York limo passengers even sent a text out before the crash saying it was in "terrible condition."