“Can the City Change Course on How a Key ‘Vision Zero’ Law is Enforced?” — City Limits

Advocates say one of the challenges to adjudicating these types of summonses in an administrative court is that fact that NYPD officers rarely attend OATH hearings for the drivers to whom they issued summonses, meaning administrative judges have little to go on in making their decision other than the driver’s testimony and whatever information was […]


“Cops Who Confiscated Bikes Carried Out ‘Racist Policy’ — And Don’t Even Know the Law They Cited” — Streetsblog

The policy was not only questionable, but it was wrong, said lawyer Steve Vaccaro. When their bikes were confiscated, the cyclists were merely sitting in the park — not riding, as required in the state’s VTL 1236, which states, “No person shall operate a bicycle unless it is equipped with a bell or other device capable of giving […]


“The Silence After the Hit-and-Run” — New York Times

Over decades of high violent crime, traffic enforcement had rarely been a focus for the Police Department. But with felonies falling to record lows, the department has gained the leeway to rethink its mission. Hundreds of officers have been shifted into a neighborhood policing program intended to improve community relations, another priority of the de Blasio […]


New York Post: Court Ruling Puts City on the Hook in Dangerous-Streets Suit

The city must do a better job fixing dangerous streets or face a slew of big lawsuits, thanks to a ruling by the state’s highest court in the case of a young boy injured in a 2004 crash. “Concerns about traffic and parking have played too great a role in leaving areas without the necessary […]


Bike Attorney Likes How the Wheels Are Turning

The Villager interviewed Vaccaro & White’s Steve Vaccaro about the latest developments in bicycling and the law.  Here’s an excerpt from the freewheeling interview: VIL: Apparently, Upper East Siders — including, notably, Woody Allen — really hate bike lanes. What exactly is their beef with bicycles? S.V.: Yeah, and I’ve been to some of those […]