Under pressure from City Council and a coalition of bicycle and pedestrian advocates, the NYPD has made changes to how it investigates -- and talks about -- traffic collisions.
Bike and pedestrian advocates say the move is a step in the right direction, but not enough.
In a letter to city councilors revealed yesterday, Police Chief Ray Kelly announced a number of changes in how the department handles traffic collisions. The NYPD has been criticized for years over its tendency to let dangerous drivers off easy, even after they've injured or killed cyclists, pedestrians, or other motorists.
When the criticisms finally resulted in police brass being called before a a City Council hearing last year, it was revealed that the NYPD didn't even send an Accident Investigation Squad to a crash site unless someone actually died or was thought likely to die. Without the detailed investigation that only that team is trained to perform, prosecuting motorists is next to impossible.More »