by Michael Powell

“The State Department of Motor Vehicles recorded about 3,000 serious nonfatal accidents last year in New York City.  The city Police Department’s Accident Investigation Squad investigated only 63, or 2 percent of these nonfatal serious crashes, according to the state.  Squad members chalk crosswalks, measure tire tracks, and analyze video.  Their expertise is unquestioned.  This unit, however, numbers just 20 or so.

“Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, characteristically, claims to see no problem.”

Another issue I’m glad to see is finally getting some press from the Times (after Gothamist covered it for a while).  Though I see both drivers and pedestrians doing idiotically dangerous things all the time, I am surprised at how rarely I see anyone get pulled over or ticketed in the city.