In addition to e-cigarette and polystyrene bans, the City Council will pass a law requiring the NYPD to be more transparent when it comes to how they keep records of hit and runs across the city. Intro 1055 requires the department to publish quarterly hit and run reports online that include the number of hit and runs resulting in a critical injury, where they occurred, whether an arrest was made, and what steps were taken to investigate them.

"Critical injury" is defined as "any injury determined to be critical by the emergency medical service personnel responding to any such incident."

The legislation is similar to a bill that was passed earlier this year that required the NYPD to post felony crimes in a searchable map on its website (the number of moving violations the NYPD issues are currently posted each month).

The database required by the bill must be searchable by intersection and updated every month. The law would not go into effect until July of 2015.

“Residents who have had family and friends involved in incidences of hit and runs deserve to know whether or not the NYPD is doing everything in their power to find the driver that was responsible” said Councilmember Leroy Comrie, one of the bill's 24 co-sponsors. "Introduction 1055 will help ensure that information for hit and run investigations are being gathered in a timely matter, by requiring the NYPD to report what they did to investigate each case."

As we have previously reported, the NYPD's crash investigation methods are notoriously opaque.

"When you look at the history of these cases as I have, in the last 10 years, somewhere between 10 to 20% of the cases will get closed to an arrest, 10 to 30% will be closed to a summonses, and the others are deemed a collision," Inspector Paul Ciorra testified at a hearing in September, referring to cases investigated by the Collision Investigation Squad.