High Number of Traffic Related Injuries and Deaths Prompt Need for Greater Enforcement & Investigation into Traffic Incedents; Intro. 1055 Will Share Data and Methodology
On Wednesday, January 29, 2014, the NYC Council Committee on Transportation will hold its first hearing of the new term with a planned vote to override former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of a bill requiring the NYPD to report on data of traffic accidents that cause "Severe Injuries" or death. This bill, vetoed at the end of 2013 after passing the City Council, will seek to bring to light information regarding the methodology behind traffic accident investigations in addition to the number of cases closed with arrests vs. without arrests. As traffic related violence has already caused the death of 17 New Yorkers in 2014, the Council and the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio have made pedestrian safety one of the top priorities of the New Year.
This hearing and vote will set the tone for the coming term as newly appointed transportation chair, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez , has been adamant about the need to stem the tide of traffic related accidents, the number one cause of injury-related death for children under 14 in New York City. Council Member Rodriguez is expected to discuss the Mayor's "Vision Zero" initiative and discuss further ways the committee can assist in the goal of reducing traffic deaths to zero in a decade's time.
The veto is expected to be overridden with wide support from the committee.
What: First Transportation Committee Hearing of New Term to Override Mayor Bloomberg Veto of Hit-and-Run Reporting Bill
Who: NYC Council Committee on Transportation
Where: Council Committee Chambers, City Hall
When: Wednesday, January 29th, 2014, 1:15pm