Curran: "We need to be sure that our young people are being taken to and from their prom by drivers who are licensed to operate within Nassau County."
Mineola, NY - June 1, 2018 - Nassau County Executive Laura Curran today joined with District Attorney Madeline Singas, Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, Consumer Affairs Commissioner Gregory May and Crest Hollow County Club CEO Richard Monti to announce increased, multi-governmental efforts to identify unlicensed limousine and for-hire vehicles operating during prom season.
“We need to be sure that our young people are being taken to and from their prom by drivers who are licensed to operate within Nassau County,” said County Executive Curran. “Our police officers and our investigators from the Department of Consumer Affairs will be working as a team with investigators from the New York State Department of Transportation [NYSDOT] to stop drivers to make sure they are abiding by Nassau County’s regulations.”
The enforcement will also include safety checks will target limousines, taxis and vehicles driving for Uber and Lyft.
“In an effort to ensure that Prom Night for all students is a safe enjoyable night, the Nassau County Police Department encourages everyone attending the prom to use due diligence and abstain from alcohol and drugs,” said Commissioner Ryder. “We can reduce illness and injury if we all work together to make the right choices on a very special night for our young adults.”
“We are also calling for public awareness,” said County Executive Curran. “We urge parents to be proactive and inquire where their child’s limo is coming from. Many vehicles are outsourced from out-of-state and may not pass a NYS safety inspection. Ask if the driver is licensed and insured with a clean driving record.”
To date, 27 Violations have been issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs across three proms so far this season. NYSDOT has issued three out-of-service notices for prom buses, two for inoperable emergency equipment and one for a driver driving with a suspended driver’s license, according to Commissioner May.
“We are aligning our resources with the needs of our population and working together with other government agencies to keep young people safe,” said County Executive Curran. “This is a great example of your tax dollars at work.”