NYPD replaces “accident” with “collision” in crash reports

From Atlantic Cities:

Police in New York won’t be calling occurrences like the one that took Lefevre’s life “accidents” any longer – at least not officially. As part of a package of reforms in the way it handles traffic fatalities, the NYPD is now replacing the term “accident” with the word “collision.”

“It’s not just semantics,” says Paul Steely White, executive director of the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. “It underscores a new approach.”

More –> It’s No ‘Accident’: NYPD Changes the Way It Talks About Traffic Deaths.

H/T Cory Caletti.


  • Eric
    March 14, 2013 - 12:03 pm | Permalink

    So is the NYPD going to replace “no criminality” with Sgt. Schultz from Hogan’s Heros with “I see nothing”?

  • Chris Cowles
    March 14, 2013 - 2:31 pm | Permalink

    This is completely reminiscent of the film “Hot Fuzz.”

    (Not safe for the squeamish.)


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