NYPD Still Fails To Take Illegal Driving Seriously, One Year After High Profile Council Hearing

Tearful Testimonies Apparently Fell On Deaf Ears

February 15, 2013
Michael Murphy 646-873-6008

One year ago today, the New York City Police Department was forced to answer for their consistent failure to hold dangerous drivers accountable at a joint oversight hearing of the City Council's Public Safety and Transportation committees. Elected officials, advocates and victims of dangerous driving pleaded with the NYPD to make traffic enforcement more effective and crash investigations more thorough.

"Over the last year, over 280 New Yorkers died in traffic," said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. "How many of those deaths could have been averted if only the NYPD had listened to the voices pleading for reform? If the tear-stricken faces of victims' families failed to move them, if the outraged questions of Council Members failed to move them, will that tragic number perhaps finally move Ray Kelly's police department to make the commonsense reforms necessary to bring the ongoing plague of lethal and lawless driving under control?"

On February 15, 2012, the families of Mathieu Lefevre, Michelle Matson and Nicole Bergmann shared their disturbing experiences with a callous and ineffective police department to a roomful of stunned and incensed Council Members.

Data from the State Department of Motor Vehicles indicates that law-breaking drivers are responsible for 60 percent of crashes which kill or injure pedestrians or bicyclists.

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