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The End of a Long Road to Get Traffic Safety Data in New York?

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Nearly three years ago, New York’s Department of Transportation put the brakes on a Newsday request for data on the most dangerous intersections in the Long Island area and for information on what the DOT is doing about them, information the department must compile under federal law. The DOT refused, citing another federal law it said allows the state to withhold information that might expose it to law suits by accident victims. On June 9, the NY Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, ruled 7-0 for Newsday. The DOT says it may appeal to the US Supreme Court. (6/10/05)