NYPD to face city council over alleged lack of traffic law enforcement
The NYPD will face off with the city council Wednesday over allegations that cops aren't enforcing traffic laws against dangerous drivers.
Deputy Chief John Cassidy of the NYPD's Transportation Bureau is expected to address a joint meeting of the council's public safety and transportation committees, and to hear testimony from cyclists and pedestrians who were hurt by drivers and say police didn't adequately investigate the accidents.
"There are numerous instances of cases where credible allegations have been made that the police are not enforcing the laws against those that recklessly kill pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists - and we want to know why," said Council Member Peter Vallone, who heads the public safety committee.
"It appears that only if there is a fatality will the police do any sort of investigation," he told amNewYork Tuesday. "Whether or not there is a fatality should not be the criteria."
The NYPD did not return a request for comment Tuesday.
According to Michael Murphy of Transportation Alternatives, "there is an epidemic of lawless driving" on city streets.
"Drivers who killed and injured New Yorkers are not being held accountable for the crimes," he said. "The police department will have to answer for its consistent failure to hold dangerous drivers accountable."
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