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NYC Council Members Still Awaiting Traffic Safety Info From DOT

Traffic in New York City - Jan. 23, 2013 (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Traffic in New York City – Jan. 23, 2013 (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Two members of the New York City Council say they are waiting for the city Department of Transportation to obey the law.

A bill enacted into law in 2011, written by Council Member Jessica Lappin, made it mandatory for New York City to publicly identify the most deadly spots on its roads.

“We want to know, not just where the 20 most dangerous intersections are, but what the plan is to fix those intersections,” Lappin told reporters in including WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb on Thursday.

But Lappin said she and the Council have been awaiting the list, mandated by the TrafficStat law, for 18 months.

“The law is on the books. They have to comply and we’re sick of waiting. We want this information. We want to make the streets safer, and we want to work with them to do it,” she said.

“I think that the New York City Department of Transportation has to immediately comply and give us those 20 most dangerous locations and tell us how they’re going to make them safer,” Transportation Committee Chair James Vacca said on the steps of City Hall.

“This is an administration that has taken safety very seriously. So, we don’t understand why they won’t provide this information,” she said.

The DOT said it continues to work overtime on safety and expects the report to be complete in a matter of weeks. The DOT said the report will document the implementation of engineering and design changes.

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