NYC Precincts Stepping Up Ticketing For Dangerous Driving

Continues five-month trend

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 11:41 AM

Almost every precinct in New York City is writing more tickets for dangerous driving than they did last year. That’s according to a new WNYC analysis of ticketing data from the New York Police Department.  

Just nine precincts wrote fewer tickets in the first five months of this year, compared to the first five months of 2013. Red Hook’s 76th precinct stands out, having fallen below last year’s levels for three months in a row.

The 19th precinct, on Manhattan’s East Side, has issued 80 percent more tickets than last year – the biggest increase in the city. The officers of the 19also issued the most tickets last month – more than 1,500 in May. Although the 109th precinct in Northern Queens came in second, with more than 1,400 tickets, that’s still a slight dropoff from last year’s numbers.

Ticketing was up citywide in the six major categories WNYC has been tracking: using a cell phone while driving, disobeying a sign, failing to stop at a signal, making an improper turn, not giving the right of way to a pedestrian, and speeding. 


Comments [8]

Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

Compared to cars, that's still lower.

Jun. 24 2014 06:37 PM
Bronx from NYC

Pedestrians and cyclist are already ticketed at a significantly higher proportion to the deaths/serious injuries they cause.

Drivers are not.

Jun. 23 2014 11:34 PM
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

The only way I will support giving more tickets to motorists that don't break the law on a regular basis will be if the same will go for pedestrians and cyclists that flout them constantly as well.

Jun. 19 2014 04:47 PM
AMHess from Harlem


Maritime law requires powered vessels to yield to unpowered vessels. Essentially, motorboats must yield to sailboats which must yield to rowboats, etc. On the street, this could translate to motor vehicles yielding to bicyclists yielding to pedestrians, which is the law in most of the world. As you mention, a motor vehicle is not very agile, which is why it must be operated with the greatest of care.

Jun. 19 2014 08:44 AM


1) The NYPD has been writing more jaywalking tickets as well this year.
2) Drivers are more responsible because driving a car is a privilege that needs to be taken more responsibly. Drivers can easily kill and injure pedestrians and in this city they tend to do so with impunity.
3) Maritime law does not apply to the streets of NYC.

Jun. 18 2014 10:26 AM

I own a car and have been driving in NYC for over 40 years (including a stint as a NYC taxi driver). This is long overdue. I get tired of seeing STOP signs ignored, red lights run, illegal U-turns, or getting the horn blown at me for daring to stop for a stopped school bus with red lights flashing. This should be a regular part of police routine. Now let's see a focus on double parking, which ties up streets and causes extra air pollution and fuel use.

Jun. 18 2014 10:25 AM

I find it very annoying that all this hoop-la over street safety seems to completely take responsibility off of the pedestrians. The NYPD should round up the people who rush across a do-not-walk at any street corner in mid-town, any day, at most times of the day, every single light cycle. It is really unfair to blame cars for this issue entirely.

On a more meta note, I find it odd that cars are made to be more responsible for stopping vs. the person, given that a car takes feet to stop, but a person does not, a car is confined and not very agile vs. a car. Moreover, in maritime law, to the best of my knowledge, the less agile vessel has the right of way, and the smaller ones need to move out of the way - because they can.

Jun. 18 2014 09:48 AM
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

According to Streetsblog, which has a history of having an anti-car bias, this isn't enough for them.

Jun. 17 2014 07:53 PM

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