City Council Expected To Pass Bill To Crack Down On Dangerous Drivers

Reckless Driver Accountability Act
Photo credit John McCarten/City Council
By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The City Council is set to pass a bill on Tuesday that would crack down on the city's most dangerous drivers.

The Reckless Driver Accountability Act will mandate that any driver who racks up five red light tickets or 15 school speed zone violations within a one-year period must take a safe driving course.

If they fail to do so, the city will be allowed to seize or impound their vehicles.

The bill has the support of most of the City Council, including Speaker Corey Johnson.

“For the really reckless drivers, for the people that speed, speed, speed, violate, violate, violate, we needed to come up with a blunt instrument,” Johnson said.

Any driver whose vehicle is impounded will be able to get them back once they complete the safety course.

The legislation was introduced two years ago after a driver ran a red light in Park Slope, killing two children and injuring others – including a woman whose pregnancy was terminated as a result of the crash.

The driver had previous received 12 traffic violations over the course of two years.

The legislation has the support of Families for Safe Streets, which believes the safety driving course is a reasonable punishment.

“We're not taking those reckless, reckless drivers to the guillotine. All we are asking them to do is take a 90-minute safety course,” said Families for Safe Streets’ Rachael Jones.

The landmark measure is the first of its kind in the nation.