The NYPD is clearing the air about a new law that is supposed to trigger an amber alert-like notification following a serious or fatal hit-and-run crash.
On Tuesday morning, City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez told NY1 that he had been asking the NYPD why the new alert system had not been triggered following a fatal collision in Queens on Monday morning.
At around 9 a.m. on Monday, 23-year-old Hugo Ramirez of Corona was killed while riding his bicycle at the intersection of 54th Ave. and 48th St. in Maspeth.
Authorities said he was struck by a tractor trailer that fled the scene.
The law requires such an alert be sent out within 24 hours of such a case in the hopes of quickly finding drivers who take off after striking a pedestrian.
However, Tuesday afternoon the NYPD responded to Rodriguez, saying, "This local law takes effect 90 days after it becomes law. Meaning, this law will go into effect in March 2018."
NY1 also looked at the language in Introduction 1463, and while it may be law it does in fact not go into effect until 90 days later.