Despite all our gains in public safety, too many pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists still perish needlessly at the hands of reckless drivers in New York City each year. Understanding that prosecutors have a key role to play in citywide efforts to reduce traffic fatalities, District Attorney Vance has made the investigation and prosecution of vehicular crimes a key priority for our Office.
Our Vehicular Crimes Unit oversees cases involving vehicle-related crimes ranging from DWIs to homicides. Prosecutors work closely with the NYPD, often partnering with case detectives and visiting the scene of a collision when it first occurs, and regularly host vehicular enforcement training sessions for law enforcement across New York City.
Crucial to this work is advocating for legislation to help prevent and prosecute vehicular crimes, as well as defending our existing laws in court. DA Vance has long called for the installation of speed safety cameras in every school zone in New York City, as well as “Green Light” legislation and the Reckless Driver Accountability Act. Additionally, our prosecutors continue to aggressively enforce New York City’s “Right of Way Law,” and have successfully defended the law’s constitutionality in landmark criminal prosecutions.
- Statement by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., on Conviction of Bus Driver Dave Lewis For Causing Death of Dan Hanegby
- District Attorneys, Advocates Demand Speed Cameras in School Zones Before Start of School Year
- DA Vance: Driver Charged With Manslaughter for Fatal Crash in Lower Manhattan
- DA Vance: Driver Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Fatal Williamsburg Bridge Car Crash