The pedestrian and bicycle safety advocacy group Transportation Alternatives held a rally today to announce the launch of an investigation into the New York City Police Department’s traffic crash investigation practices.
“We are here on behalf of the hundreds killed and thousands injured by traffic violence every year to demand that Ray Kelly institute a zero tolerance policy for this carnage,” said Paul Steely White, executive director of the group. “It’s the NYPD’s job to keep dangerous driving in check by holding reckless drivers accountable, but they are simply not taking that job seriously. Their cavalier attitude to the epidemic of lawless driving is absolutely unacceptable.”
An attorney for Transportation Alternatives said that they will rely primarily on Freedom of Information Act requests. The NYPD is notoriously unresponsive to FOIA (as are most police departments) but Trans Alt is hopeful that by publicizing their requests they will be met.
According to the group, 2000 to 2009, more people were killed in traffic than murdered by guns in New York City, and they urge the NYPD to take these accidents seriously by conducting thorough investigations into the crashes, something they say isn’t done currently.