Group wants stronger driving penalties

July 14, 2009 4:12:04 PM PDT
Traffic and people, lots of both are a fact of life in New York City, and the combination can sometimes have deadly consequences. Fourteen-year-old Andre Anderson was struck and killed in 2005 and his mother says the driver was never prosecuted.

"The manner in which investigations are carried out has to be changed," said Audrey Anderson.

That's just one of the findings in a new report that suggests lives are being lost because police are not enforcing traffic laws.

"Right now, there is no deterrent to dangerous driving because people are getting away with it everyday," said Paul Steely White, with Transportation Alternatives.

The advocacy group Transportation Alternatives claims the NYPD's failure to issue tickets for violations like speeding, running red lights and failure to yield has led to a spike in fatal crashes and consistently puts other lives at risk.

"It makes pedestrians ping pong balls. We are simply waiting to be run over," said Edith Prentiss.

Advocates personally handed Mayor Bloomberg a copy of the report on the steps of city hall Tuesday morning, but later in the afternoon both the mayor and Police Commissioner Kelly disputed its findings.

"The truth of the matter is since 2002 traffic fatalities are down 44 percent and 13 percent this year alone," said Bloomberg. He adds, "We have a safety record in the city that is the envy of other big cities."

Kellly adds, "I really don't know what they are talking about. In 2007 and 2008 we issued 1.2 million moving violation summonses."

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