Statement on Manhattan DA Cy Vance's New Traffic Safety Initiatives

New procedures and programs will save lives, curb dangerous driving

Today’s announcement by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. formally puts into place the significant and comprehensive vehicular crimes platform first announced during his campaign for the office. The specific plans put forth today demonstrate that the Manhattan DA’s Office will take an expansive and detailed approach to making our streets safer, including:
• Actively supporting State and City legislation such as the adoption of speed cameras
• Increasing collaboration with the NYPD in crash procedures and investigation
• Significantly expanding the resources, training and personnel for the Vehicular Crimes Unit, including the training of 24 Assistant District Attorneys for vehicular cases

“Last year, 55 people lost their lives in traffic-related crashes in Manhattan—that’s only a few short of the borough’s homicide total,” says Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. “We congratulate District Attorney Vance and his staff for taking on this crisis with such energy and putting so many resources behind the effort to make streets safer.”