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Will Peter Vallone Go Where James Vacca Fears to Tread?
Posted By Brad Aaron On January 11, 2012 @ 1:52 pm In NYPD,Peter Vallone,Traffic Enforcement | 7 Comments
The Village Voice  reports that Peter Vallone, chair of the City Council’s public safety committee, is planning a hearing on traffic enforcement.
Responding to the Transportation Alternatives probe into how NYPD handles crash investigations , announced after a year that saw reckless motorists face little to no repercussions for taking lives , Vallone said, “They have some legitimate concerns. Clearly, more has to be done.”
Accepting Vallone’s statement at face value — that his committee will indeed focus on pedestrian and cyclist safety, rather than personal gripes  — this is welcome news. Here are a few questions we’d like to see the Vallone committee ask the brass at NYPD:
With mainstream media outlets picking up the story of Mathieu Lefevre’s family suing to get information from NYPD, and papers including the Voice questioning how so many deaths and injuries can go unpunished, might the council finally be ready to address the shortcomings of the city’s traffic justice system? We’ll see if Peter Vallone will pick up the slack for his colleague James Vacca.
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 Image: http://www.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/vallone.jpg
 Village Voice: http://www.villagevoice.com/2012-01-11/news/why-won-t-the-nypd-charge-motorists-who-maim-or-kill/
 how NYPD handles crash investigations: http://www.streetsblog.org/2011/11/30/transportation-alternatives-launches-probe-into-nypd-crash-investigations/
 face little to no repercussions for taking lives: http://www.streetsblog.org/2011/12/27/in-memoriam-3/
 personal gripes: http://www.streetsblog.org/2011/11/02/what-should-james-vaccas-pet-peeve-committee-tackle-next/
 resort to the courts: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/01/04/family-of-mathieu-lefevre-sues-nypd-for-withholding-crash-information/
 making use of new state laws: http://www.streetsblog.org/2011/10/13/one-year-after-taking-effect-states-vulnerable-user-laws-gathering-dust/
 rates of traffic violations: http://www.streetsblog.org/2009/07/16/ray-kelly-on-traffic-crime-i-dont-know-what-youre-talking-about/
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