Kat Aaron is an Associate Producer for WNYC, where she is part of Transportation Nation, a public radio reporting project that combines the work of multiple newsrooms to provide coverage of how we build, rebuild and get around the nation.
Ticketing For Dangerous Driving Up in (Almost) Every NYC Neighborhood
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:16 PM
Almost every precinct in the city is writing more tickets for the most dangerous moving violations, according to a WNYC analysis of data from the New York Police Department. Mayor de Blasio has made traffic enforcement a cornerstone of his plan to eliminate traffic deaths, known as Vision Zero. That message appears to be trickling down to officers on the street.
In February, 10 of the city’s 75 precincts were lagging behind last year’s numbers. Now, just five of the precincts have written fewer tickets than they did by this time last year. That includes the 109th precinct in northern Queens, where officers have written more than 8,000 tickets this year -- among the highest overall numbers in the city.
One precinct stands out: the 76th, in Red Hook. Year over year, officers there have issued 26 percent fewer tickets in six major categories of moving violations. So far, two people have died in traffic crashes in the precinct this year, including 14-year-old Nicholas Soto, who was killed crossing the street on his way to school.