In a statement from uptown Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez:
The City of New York is experiencing a Hit-and-Run epidemic. Over the last couple of years, we have seen an increase in hit-and-runs of over 25%. Just yesterday afternoon we saw another hit-and-run incident in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in which a 27-year-old women was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. At least one person has been killed each week in a hit-and-run these prior years. What is even more alarming is that the majority of the hit-and-run accidents do not lead to the apprehension of the reckless driver.
The Collision Investigative Squad (CIS) is in charge of conducting investigations involving motor vehicular collisions. CIS carefully investigates cases involving critically injured and deadly crashes that can lead to arrests. As we prepare for the Fiscal budgeting hearings, I am reaffirming my claim that we should increase the funding and resources allocated to the NYPD’s Collision Investigative Squad (CIS) so that they can properly staff and access resources needed to fulfill their mandate. Instead, over the past couple of years, we have seen a decrease in the amount of resources allocated to this department. The Council should begin to look for ways to double the amount of men and women that investigate these tragic accidents in order to prevent and improve the overall safety of pedestrians and cyclists.
Get more information from uptown Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez here