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This Week: City Council Probes NYPD Crash Investigations

12:46 PM EST on February 13, 2012

Even with new laws on the books designed to hold dangerous motorists accountable, NYPD still, by and large, allows drivers who maim or kill other people to get right back behind the wheel with little or no repercussions. Stories abound of police failing to follow up with crash witnesses, neglecting to use the legal tools at their disposal, and generally ignoring the seriousness of traffic violence as a widespread hazard. Public awareness of the problem heightened this winter as the family of slain cyclist Mathieu Lefevre pursued information from NYPD about the crash that killed their son, revealing mishandling of key evidence and bizarre inconsistencies in the investigative file.

On Wednesday the City Council Public Safety Committee and Transportation Committee are holding a joint oversight hearing looking into NYPD crash investigations and traffic enforcement. If you would like to testify at the hearing, you can send an e-mail to TA's Juan Martinez by this evening, with the subject line “Feb. 15.”

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