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TA Report: Reckless Driving Casualties Rising as NYPD Enforcement Lags
Posted By Brad Aaron On July 14, 2009 @ 1:59 pm In Carnage,Michael Bloomberg,NYPD,Street Safety,Traffic Enforcement,Traffic Justice,Transportation Alternatives | 13 Comments
"Executive Order: A Mayoral Strategy for Traffic Safety" [PDF ], compiled from official data along with testimony from experts on traffic enforcement and public health, reveals that while deaths caused by reckless drivers are up, citations issued for moving violations are declining.
Among the report's findings:
"There's so much that can and should be done, and so much that isn't being done, to save lives," said TA Executive Director Paul Steely White, speaking this morning on the steps of City Hall. In the unlikely event that a person is ticketed for driving dangerously, White said, the ticket will likely be dismissed in court. In the most extreme yet all too common case in which a driver kills or injures another person, as Streetsblog readers well know , charges are rarely issued. Though the NYPD patrol manual contains clear outlines for securing evidence during crash scene investigations (page 51 of the report), these methods are often ignored, making cases difficult or impossible to prosecute.
In addition to injuries and fatalities, White said, New Yorkers also suffer the effects of out-of-control driving in reduced opportunities for exercise and a general diminution in quality of life. "This chain of danger and injustice must be broken," said White.
Ultimately, "Executive Order" concludes that current government practices and a lack of inter-agency cooperation result in little to no deterrence when it comes to dangerous behavior behind the wheel. To establish order on city streets and reduce the number of New Yorkers maimed and killed annually, TA recommends the following:
There are other suggested remedies. For example, if NYPD were to allow Traffic Enforcement Agents to issue summonses for moving violations, White said, it would add thousands of officers with the ability to calm traffic "virtually overnight."
As it stands, the case of Andre Anderson, whose mother also spoke today, serves all too well as an exemplar of the city's approach to traffic crime. Andre was killed in 2005  while riding his bike in Far Rockaway, Queens. He was 14 years old. Though samples of Andre's body tissue were screened for the presence of intoxicants, Audrey Anderson said, the driver of the SUV who hit him from behind was not tested for alcohol or drugs.
While Andre's killer was eventually issued a speeding ticket, according to "Executive Order," it was thrown out of court.
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URLs in this post:
 PDF: http://transalt.org/files/newsroom/reports/2009/Executive_Order.pdf
 Streetsblog readers well know: http://www.streetsblog.org/2009/03/12/morgenthau-negligent-crane-riggers-beware-negligent-drivers-carry-on/
 Mayor's Management Report: http://www.streetsblog.org/2008/03/04/is-the-nypd-reducing-traffic-violations-hard-to-say/
 killed in 2005: http://www.ghostbikes.org/index.php?q=new-york-city/andre-anderson
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