NYC Lawmaker Wants Changes To NYPD’s Accident Investigation Policies


At today’s New York City Council Stated Meeting, Councilmember Stephen Levin (D-Brooklyn) introduced a package of bills to address the NYPD’s policies and procedures for accident investigations and traffic safety notification.  During an oversight hearing on February 15, 2012, the Council heard testimony from the NYPD, as well as advocates and family members of victims of fatal and non-fatal traffic accidents, regarding the current policies of the NYPD in investigating traffic accidents.

It was revealed that only accidents that resulted in death were investigated and that investigations were done by a 19-member, citywide Accident Investigation Squad (AIS).  Councilmember Levin’s bills aim to change the scope and the manner in which these investigations are conducted, as well as aim to provide other commonsense notifications to the public about the circumstances surrounding these tragic and often times preventable accidents.