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Bronx Councilman Proposes Using Taxi TVs to Help Find Missing People

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Television screens inside city cabs could soon show pictures of missing people.

A bill being considered by the city Council would require Taxi TV in both green and yellow cabs to show pictures of New Yorkers who have disappeared. The proposal was introduced by Bronx Councilman Jimmy Vacca.

He says the city has control of 20 percent of airtime on Taxi TV, and is not using all of it.

"We have the technology in place. This is something we can do without much difficulty, but it can save a lot of people, it can find a lot of people. Our taxi cab system is a 24/7 operation in our city, I wanna put them to use, I want them to help identify and find missing people,” Vacca said.

Vacca says he was motivated to introduce the bill when 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo disappeared from his Long Island City school, triggering an extensive search for months in and around the city.

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