NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 6:05 PM
People who turn in hit-and-run drivers would get a reward of up to $1,000 under new legislation in the City Council.
Councilman Ydanis Rodríguez (D-Manhattan) will introduce a bill Wednesday to set up a fund to reward people who provide information leading to the arrest of a driver who fled the scene after killing or seriously injuring someone.
Hit-and-run deaths have surged in the city, and only a small percentage of drivers who take off after a crash get caught.
“Fatal hit-and-run crashes occur more than once a week in our city and this year it’s time to take action. We’ve already seen four take place in the first three days of 2017, leaving four families devastated,” Rodríguez, the chair of the transportation committee, said. “To end hit-and-runs, we have to send the message that you will be caught, tried and convicted if you drive away and leave someone dying.”
Rodríguez will also announce plans for two other bills to be introduced later this year, one of which would create a citywide alert system to help catch hit-and-run motorists.
The city would send out notifications — as they currently do for missing persons, severe weather and other issues — with the make and model of cars involved in hit-and-runs and other identifying information.
The new bill hopes to reduce the amount of hit-and-run drivers who flee the scene and get away with injuring or killing others in NYC.(Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News)
Another bill would require the NYPD to investigate all hit-and-runs, regardless of whether the owner of a damaged car is present when it happens. Currently, if someone hits a parked car, damages it and drives off, cops may not investigate if the owner isn’t there.
Fatal hit-and-runs increased to 39 in 2016 from 29 in 2015, according to stats compiled by Transportation Alternatives.
Of the 44,865 hit-and-runs in the 2016 fiscal year, just over 1% of the drivers were arrested. There were 38 deaths from hit-and-runs that year, and 13 arrests in those cases.
Prominent DJ Jean Paul Guerrero, who performed as DJ Jinx Paul, was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Brooklyn last month, and his radio station put up a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver.Send a Letter to the Editor
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