The City Council on Tuesday passed a bill requiring the New York City Police Department to report information concerning vehicle collisions in which a driver left the scene.
The bill would require the NYPD to submit to the City Council and post online a quarterly report on hit-and-run data, specifically the number of such incidents involving critical injury, as determined by medical personnel at the scene; and the number of cases closed, whether an arrest was made or not. The data would be separated out by police precinct and by cross street.
The NYPD also would have to provide to the Council a brief description of what steps were taken to investigate all hit and runs involving critical injury.
The bill, co-authored by Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) and former Councilman Leroy Comrie, now the deputy borough president for Queens, was one that had been vetoed by ex-Mayor Mike Bloomberg last year.
Koo noted that after years of decreasing traffic fatalities, the city has seen an increase in the past two years.