For personal injury attorneys, generally, the most important cop at any precinct is the TSO – the Traffic Safety Officer.
Data for New York City indicates that 26.7 percent of total statewide annual traffic fatalities, and 43 percent of total statewide crash injuries occurred within city limits.
In an effort to reduce fatalities, injuries, property damage and overall costs associated with motor vehicle crashes in New York City, the New York Police Department (NYPD) developed TrafficStat in 1998. Modeled after the highly successful crime-reducing system, CompStat, the objectives of the NYPD’s TrafficStat program are to:
A – Identify locations throughout the city where crashes are most likely to occur
B – Design an effective crash analysis program to determine the primary factors that contribute to traffic crashes at these locations
C – Develop effective countermeasures to correct hazardous conditions
D – Implement a public information and education campaign, to help the public avoid traffic dangers and crash risks.
The first step though, in any accident investigation, especially one suspected of having occurred in an accident -prone location is to talk to the local precinct’s Traffic Safety Officer (TSO). The TSO generally has more direct knowledge and information regarding the precinct’s traffic “hot spots” than any other officer assigned to that specific house. We also suggest calling before 2 p.m., weekdays, regardless of the PD or precinct involved.
Below please find the direct phone numbers to the Queens NYPD TSOs (except where so noted, wherein the main precinct number is then provided). (For Albany PD, the main TSO’s number is 518/458-5676.) (Also let us know if you would like TSO info from other boroughs.)
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