Map of most- and least-improved precincts for speeding enforcement.

NYPD Traffic Enforcement Highly Inconsistent

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Despite attempts by the New York Police Department to increase enforcement for dangerous traffic violations during the first six months of Vision Zero, police enforcement varied considerably precinct to precinct.

Some precincts even issued fewer NY traffic tickets than last year during the “heightened” enforcement!

According to, “Report Card: Six Months of Vision Zero Traffic Enforcement,” Transportation Alternatives analyzed NYPD traffic ticket data from January through June and found that—department-wide—speeding tickets increased by 32 percent (compared to the first six months of 2013) and tickets for failure to yield to pedestrians increased 153 percent.

Nevertheless, there is little consistency across precinct lines.

Map of most- and least-improved precincts for speeding enforcement.

Most and least improved precincts for speeding enforcement. Click to enlarge. (Source: Transportation Alternatives)

For instance, speeding enforcement nearly doubled in Harlem’s 26th precinct. However, officers in the nearby 30th precinct in Washington Heights issued 50 percent fewer speeding tickets than in 2013.

Similarly, along Queens Boulevard, the 110th precinct cited 860 drivers for failure to yield while the neighboring 108th precinct issued merely 237 tickets for failing to yield.

Transportation Alternatives (TA) contends that the inconsistency is stark enough to undermine positive enforcement efforts.

It appears that the NYPD needs to coordinate its enforcement city-wide in order to properly deter drivers from engaging in dangerous behavior.

Doing so would allow for the number of drivers stopped for reckless driving and other driving-related offenses to be universal across the board.

TA has recommended that the NYPD create an executive officer for each borough command with “sole responsibility for coordinating traffic operations.” They believe that such a proposal would help fairly unify things.

With reports like this, one wonders how successful the Vision Zero program has been thus far. The data seems to indicate that some precincts are taking the heightened enforcement extremely seriously while others are operating with a “business as usual” attitude.

Ultimately, in order for Vision Zero to be effective and not merely another traffic ticket blitz or revenue raiser, each precinct will need to strive to level the playing field.

If you recently received a NY traffic ticket, contact The Rosenblum Law Firm today at 888-883-5529.

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This post was written by Adam Rosenblum


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