It was Saturday April 3, 1987. The setting was a quiet suburb of Long Island, NY. A brand-new, six-passenger stretch limousine was transporting a happy bridal party to the wedding reception. They would never make it. Nearby, two kids were drag racing in souped-up Buicks. One of them hit the limousine broadside at more than 90-mph, killing three people. The Buick?s driver went to prison and the other one has never been identified. This tragedy ruined many lives, and as a result of it, the limousine industry changed dramatically.
The questions started almost immediately. Long Island Newsday, The New York Post, and The New York Times, all asked, ?How safe are passengers in stretch limousines?? The accident caught the attention of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This section of the U.S Department of Transportation is responsible for developing and improving traffic safety programs aimed at reducing highway crashes, deaths and injuries.