Accidents involving exotic car rentals fuel county efforts for more regulation

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Exotic cars and inexperienced drivers who can hire them – it can be a deadly combination.

Now Clark County Commissioners are looking to crack down on the exotic rental car industry.

In September, a Connecticut police officer was charged with impaired driving causing death after crashing a rented Rolls Royce.

In June 2019, a man was killed in an alleged DUI accident involving a rented McLaren.

Exotic cars are everywhere in town, and a lot of them are rentals. Stewards say too many of these cars are involved in crashes and now they want to see what they can do on their end.

“I don’t know how you deal with stupidity,” County Commission Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick said at today’s commission meeting.

From speeding to impairment, commissioners are examining how and if they can regulate the industry.

Andrew Bennett of the Nevada Highway Safety Office shared recently released data with the commissioners. He said 8% to 12% of fatal crashes in Clark County involve a luxury rental car, and 95% of those involve drunkenness.

“When we looked at the data, we found that speed and impairment were extremely prevalent in these exotic and luxury rental deaths,” Bennett said.

He said more technology in cars could help.

“Examining the possibilities of an ignition interlock device is a program we had in our state to reduce impaired driving. There is an opportunity to watch the speed, ”he said.

Bennett said there needs to be a clearer definition of what an exotic, luxury, or bike rental is.

A moped – sometimes referred to as a slingshot – was involved in a recent fatal double crash on the Red Rock Loop.

Tony Catchings, Managing Director of Royalty Exotic Cars, is in favor of more regulation.

“Being able to control the companies that do it is a big problem,” he said.

“If you put the keys in the hand of an exotic auto company owner, they should be able to tell you everything about the vehicle without being close to it,” Catchings said.

He said businesses need to be regulated, just like customers.

“We’re asking for more regulation in the industry so that we can say, yes, these people are properly vetted to drive a 650, 700, or 800 horsepower car,” Catchings said.

The county is working with industry leaders to find ways to improve regulation. Then the county commissioners and the business licensing department will review the data to develop an ordinance that could regulate the industry.

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