Hats off to the Daily News edition – Streetsblog New York City
Of course, we don’t hesitate to criticize the local press for labeling reckless driving accidents as “accidents” or for cars, not people, killing pedestrians, but when we see a great story, we are the first to raise our glass.
This story was the wood of the Daily News yesterday: Tom Tracy well researched and written article about New York State law essentially protects killer drivers from real punishment.
The nut chart? “Preliminary data for 2021 shows that 74,627 vehicle crashes in the city involving pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists were reported to the NYPD [killing] 276 people and [injuring] 38,479. The NYPD’s collision investigation team found that 110 of them – less than half – were foul play. Detectives made 70 arrests. Of those, 10 drivers have been charged with vehicular homicide, driving manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter, which carry a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.
“The remaining 60 people arrested were hit with low level felonies or misdemeanors such as leaving the scene of an accident, failing to yield to a pedestrian and reckless endangerment. This means that charges of homicide or manslaughter with a vehicle were laid in 3.6% of crashes investigated by the Collision Investigation Team last year.
We’ve obviously written a lot about this, and don’t think putting people in jail should be the default reaction to accidents, but Tracy’s story was a winner for highlighting at least one of the issues pedestrians face , cyclists and motorists: lack of responsibility for the most reckless drivers among us.
In other news:
- The Daily News followed our story on the DOT’s fast-track road diet plan for Hylan Boulevard after Sunday’s fatal crash, more added the usual tabloid post-mortem. The post office covered the road scheme – albeit from Republican Joe Borelli’s shameful view that road redesigns are just photo ops – and also shed the usual tabloid tears on “the accident”.
- Whatever it takes to keep the wealthy helicopter tycoons from polluting our skies with smoke and noise, we agree. (New York Post)
- Former mayor de Blasio, who is currently fighting to secure a resignation in Congress, defended his ferry system against a report from comptroller Brad Lander. (amNY)
- Greg B. Smith continued his savage coverage of NYCHA, but rather than blaming the housing authority for taking so long to ban e-bikes, we wish he had addressed the issue of what hard-working tenants are supposed to do if their owner prohibits their mode of transport (while leaving parking lots full of dangerous cars). (The city)
- We would like to know a lot more about the death of this electric cyclist, but the post office provided few details from the police.
- The stars, they’re like us (except they don’t go to Dafonte, even on their bikes to Red Hook! What’s up with that?). (QG)
- What to do in the event of a nuclear attack? There is now a useless PSA for that. (amNY)
- The Police Athletic League is back in the middle of the game. (amNY)
- What happened to Mayor Adams’ promise to investigate cops who mock their phones? What do you think? (The city)
- And, finally, Streetfilms author Clarence Eckerson Jr. posted a short clip about his love for the upgrades to the best open street in town:
I delayed saving the new configuration to 3 blocks from @34_ave open street/square but now almost complete and fabulous.
— Streetfilms (1,033 videos!) (@Streetfilms) July 10, 2022