Investigators first looked into the company that owns the stretch Ford Excursion more than a year before it crashed.
Prosecutors allege the owner of the vehicle in the deadly accident allowed the driver to operate it without the proper endorsement.
A recent public hearing underscored the political will to add rules on the use of stretch limousines in the state.
Among vehicle fleets, distraction is the second leading cause of fatal truck crashes.
Operators say the industry is already over-regulated and blame lies with state regulators who don't enforce laws on the books.
The Oct. 6 crash at state routes 30 and 30A killed all 17 passengers inside the limo, the driver, and two pedestrians..
Families of victims in the 2015 Long Island limousine crash say the package of new rules in the state budget does not go far enough.
Autopsy results indicate the presence of marijuna and an anti-seizure medication.
The wrongful death case prompting the defensive motion is likely to be the first of many lawsuits related to the accident that killed 20.
The bill would put more strict laws and regulations in place regarding inspection and operation.
A New York Department of Transportation official says a ban on stretches and the power to seize plates will help DOT enforcement.
Months of feuding between investigating agencies has ended with a court agreement, but evidence may have been lost.
Luxury transportation business owners are calling on state lawmakers to better enforce current laws, not outlaw limos.
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