“Cops Arrest Unlicensed Driver Who Seriously Injured Teen Cyclist On Ocean Parkway” — Streetsblog

Sunday’s crash highlights the mayor’s failure in creating safe, car-free streets for kids to play — it’s inevitable that people will get hurt by speeding drivers on a throughfare like Ocean Parkway with six lanes of traffic and non-sequential lights, said attorney Steve Vaccaro. “This is the predictable result of the mayor refusing to allow […]


“New NYPD Unit Will Crack Down on Drivers Who Fail to Yield — But Nearly Half of Those Tickets Are Still Tossed Out” — City Limits

Of the total summonses issued during the full year of 2019 where 19-190 was the top charge, 56 percent were dismissed, the numbers show. The city says this rate of dismissal is comparable to the overall dismissal rate at OATH, which adjudicates summonses issued by more than a dozen city agencies. And while summonses can […]


“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 […]


‘This Is Not Justice’: Japanese Family Settles With NYC But Condemns Handling Of NYPD Crash That Killed Student

The family of Ryo Oyamada announced “with heavy hearts” a settlement with the NYPD.  A police officer struck and killed Ryo while driving more than twice the speed limit at night against the flow of traffic and without using lights or sirens. Vaccaro told Gothamist that the Oyamadas had hoped an investigation into Ryo’s death […]


Driver Who “Wanted To Kill” Times Square Pedestrians Charged With Murder

Amidst outcry over driver Richard Rojas, who injured dozens of pedestrians in Times Square rampage, advocates call for a more comprehensive approach to traffic violence. The [Rojas] crash video is “the most shocking” I’ve ever seen, said Steve Vaccaro, a leading lawyer and advocate of cyclists and pedestrians. The severe charges facing Rojas were appropriate, he added, but not […]