Pedestrians and cyclists are creating Living Wills to advocate for safer streets, asking that the NYPD conduct a criminal investigation rather than declaring "no criminality suspected at the scene of the crash" if we are killed by automobile.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Steve Vaccaro: My Living Street Will
There are few people more well versed in the laws and protocols surrounding traffic violence than Steve Vaccaro. Watch his #MyLivingStreetWill video for an insider's look at how the system needs to change to protect New Yorkers' lives.
A daily cyclist and committed cyclists’ advocate, Vaccaro is a prominent traffic law attorney known for representing seriously injured cyclists and pedestrians, as well as plaintiffs in civil rights and employment disputes. He has settled or taken to trial numerous personal injury claims involving complex scientific evidence and millions of dollars in damages.
For his civil rights clients, Mr. Vaccaro won a judgment after trial establishing that the MTA discriminated on the basis of disability, and court orders requiring sign language interpreters for hearing-impaired hospital patients and basic medical care for a statewide class of prisoners.
On behalf of cyclists, he has questioned several high-ranking City officials under oath, including NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Vaccaro serves on the Transportation Alternatives Advisory Council, is the elected Chair of TA’s East Side Volunteer Committee, and was named TA 2010 Volunteer of the Year for his work to bring bike lanes to East Harlem.
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