Why Won't the NYPD Charge Motorists Who Maim or Kill?

The NYPD hands out plenty of traffic tickets

In 2009, the number of speeding tickets issued dropped, while speeding-related fatalities increased—a trend that reportedly continued over that year.

But the issue, advocates say, isn't really the quantity of summonses issued, but the fact that in the most serious accidents—leading to death or major injury—holding reckless drivers accountable would act as a deterrent.

grayman@villagevoice.com

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Chieu Anh Le Van
Chieu Anh Le Van

Thank you for the attention paid to the Lefevre family and theirstruggle. They are accepting donations for their legal fund here:mathieulefevre.org

Rstrnt
Rstrnt

Simply because the law doesnt support a charge.

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Epac
Epac

Does the NYPD have a policy wherein they do NOT charge a driver with a felony in the case of a fatal accident? This article references 4 examples in the beginning, but also states that "1,745 pedestrians and bicyclists were killed in New York City traffic....60 percent of fatal pedestrian and bicyclist crashes with known causes are caused by drivers' illegal behavior."So - by those #'s, how many felony charges (if any) were filed in theose 1047 cases? That's the number we need to know.

Negafulobooks
Negafulobooks

Not to mention no extradition from Israel for the driver of the private ambulance that killed two Haitian children then left the scene, thereby sparking the Crown Heights riots and yet another needless murder.

Mattyciii
Mattyciii

200K tickets in a year? That's about 5 tickets per NYPD employee. Not good.

Police don't issue citations because most police patrolmen **are** motorists. Put more cops on the street as foot and bicycle patrols, they'll see street safety from the satndpoint of the majority of NYC residents. This will translate to empathy for the non-motorized citizen and better enforcement. It'll also save taxpayers money on fuel & maintenance costs for patrol cars.

IvoryJive
IvoryJive

The NYPD should be held to some standard by which an investigation can be considered "open", so they can't just hide behind it when they don't want to release details. In Lefevre's case are they searching for additional witnesses? Conducting interviews? Are their other suspects or accomplices not yet identified they are working on leads for? No. The victim is dead, the perp and vehicle identified and confirmed, conclusions made about what occurred and then shared with the press, and the investigation has since ceased. NYPD cannot call that an "open investigation" - they should be fully required to release all their details when requested, ESPECIALLY by the victim's family.

heyhohey
heyhohey

But sometimes I see a delivery person biking on the sidewalk so why should drivers be held accountable? (sarcasm alert)

 
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