Traffic Tickets Up Again in NYC

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 11:44 AM

A NYPD cruiser parked at the corner of Murray and Church streets in lower Manhattan. (Natalie Fertig/WNYC)

Tickets for dangerous moving violations in New York City are up in most major categories. By this time last year, the New York Police Department had issued just under 6,000 tickets for failing to yield to pedestrians. This year: almost 15,000. Police have issued 10,000 more speeding tickets this year than last.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has made increased traffic enforcement a cornerstone of his Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic deaths by 2024.

“There's a lot more consciousness out there that people who, for example, don't yield to pedestrians could very well suffer consequences,” de Blasio said Monday, speaking on Hot 97. “That's important, that's how we change things.”

Ticketing was down in a few categories, including for tinted windows and not wearing a seatbelt.  




Comments [7]

Bronx from NYC

Tal just fails at the obvious time and time again.

You allocate resources to reduce the biggest threat to public safety.

Automobiles are the number one cause of death and serious injury on our streets.

Murders and violent bully's both suck...imagine if the NYC focused more on bullying than murders...that is what is happening on our streets right now with autos vs peds/cyclist. A higher proportion of peds/cyclist are already targeted considering the harm they cause.

Jun. 23 2014 11:31 PM
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

Tyson, do you ever look at the causes, or do you just mention the effects? I say this because looking at the causes can actually change everything especially in mentioning what really happened. Of course, if it's not in your favor, you have to deny it. The truth is that when pedestrians and cyclists are flouting the laws themselves, they are placing themselves into harm's way. Seriously, making a claim that one is bad because they kill or hit more is exactly what the anti-Israel crowd does to demonize Israel in claiming that because the IDF kills a lot more, they have to be more of a terrorist organization than Hamas will ever be. See what I just did there? I just substituted some words, and used your own logic on that, which is basing it on only the effects.

Jun. 17 2014 07:13 PM
Tyson White from UWS

Tal from Peasantville, do "pedestrians and cyclists who don't follow the rules" kill people? Do they cause amputations of limbs? Injuries with life-long paralysis?

Motorists aren't the only ones who can be evil, but they can do far more harm without even being evil.

Jun. 17 2014 05:47 PM
jooltman from Park Slope

There are 76 precincts in NYC. These enforcement numbers indicate around one failure to yield ticket and red light tickets a day per precinct. Anyone who stands on a busy corner in any precinct knows that we should be doing much, much more enforcement than this. The NYPD is dedicated to focusing on dangerous moving violations, but this "focus" needs to translate into many magnitudes greater number of summonses. Even without relying on automated cameras, the average officer on the street can do much more than at present.

Jun. 17 2014 11:28 AM
AMHess from Harlem

This is why we need traffic cameras--speeding and red light running can be automated, but the police need to protect pedestrians from drivers who fail to yield when turning, and so on. Ticketing the long-ignored but nonetheless illegal practice of double parking could reduce speeding as well. The NYPD also needs to stop driving like they are above the law.

Jun. 17 2014 10:58 AM
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

Are we going to see data for pedestrians and cyclists that don't follow the rules as well or is the whole goal just to say that only motorists can do any evil?

Jun. 16 2014 07:36 PM

A step in the right direction, for sure.

However, these numbers are still pathetically low - only 98 tickets for failure to yield to pedestrian, for instance, and only 146 per day for running red lights. Motorists know that there's virtually no chance of being penalized for engaging in dangerous driving behavior, and far too many of them act accordingly.

The city needs to push for the authority to automate as much enforcement as possible. Since not everything can be automated, the NYPD needs to also undergo a major culture shift and start taking pedestrian needs seriously.

Jun. 16 2014 07:06 PM

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