FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA. — The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), and local law enforcement teamed together to ensure prom-goers were kept safe in their limousines this season. Surprise inspections were held at all high school proms, forcing drivers to show their paperwork or risk receiving violations and being taken out of service.
Officers looked for any type of illegal operations, including improper drivers licenses, insurance coverage, operating authority, and alcohol violations. Nearly 700 inspections took place statewide with 35% issued violations, five alcohol related. This was the fourth year police assisted in inspections. In 2005, 395 limousines were inspected and 119 summonses issued.
In Nassau County, N.Y., a prom-season countywide crackdown on illegal limousine operators netted 80 summonses and three seized vehicles. Also in Nassau County, the Oyster Bay Town Board amended its town code, preventing unlicensed and unqualified drivers from operating a for-hire vehicle. The new code does away with limousine occupant capacity guidelines and now requires fingerprinting, photographing, and background checks on all drivers.
SOURCE: Fairfax Connection; The Northender