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.


Comments [5]

Peter from Brooklyn

As I driver (and a pedestrian and occasional CitiBiker) in NYC, i strongly feel that motorists do get away with everything. Driving around the city, I'll see the craziest, most aggressive, scary drivers on an hourly basis than I see anywhere else. Drivers run through lights way past the end and never, ever get stopped for it, cut in at the end of every single BQE or highway entrance, slowing down everyone and causing dangerous situations, text at an alarming rate, sometimes holding their phones up on the steering wheel and other times looking down every couple of seconds, even driving at 50 miles an hour on the BQE, don't yield for pedestrians, and tons of other horrible things.

Aug. 22 2014 09:13 PM
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

Brian Zumhagen, I believe what yous said about Transportation Alternatives acknowledging this data as much as I will believe Hamas are freedom fighters rather than terrorists.

Aug. 22 2014 08:42 PM
Tyson White from UWS

The problem with these percent increases is that the base year numbers were too close to zero. My precinct issues 1 speeding ticket a month, up from last year's 0 (and yes, there's a highway in my district). That's vision "zero".

Aug. 22 2014 12:45 PM
Brian Zumhagen from Manhattan

Actually, Tal Barzilai, Transportation Alternatives recently issued its own report looking at traffic enforcement during the first half of 2014 (though the T.A. report focused only on speeding and failure to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk), and our findings were consistent with those of the Transportation Nation study. You can see T.A.'s report at

Aug. 22 2014 11:17 AM
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

Unfortunately, anti-car websites such as Streetsblog and Transportation Alternatives will never believe this is true and still believe that motorists get away with just about anything.

Aug. 21 2014 08:42 PM

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