LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — About one-third of the approximately 800 limousines on Long Island have cameras, according to the Nassau-Suffolk Limousine Association.
The association says that operators use the devices to keep watch over drivers and help determine liability in collisions. The recorders automatically save 20-second segments when the vehicle is jarred by a collision, bump, or sharp turn.
U.S. Limousine Service in New Hyde Park says all of its 103 vehicles have the continuously recording cameras, facing a view from the windshield. The company says the devices are a powerful incentive for chauffeurs to drive carefully. It justifies the $2,500 yearly cost by its reduction in accidents and wear-and-tear on its vehicles.