New NYPD traffic safety crackdown targets drivers through June 1
The New York City Police Department is embarking on its third publicly announced initiative to enforce traffic laws around the boroughs.
Starting Monday, police have already begun to track moving violations within 21 specific precincts spread across the city. The effort is scheduled to last for seven days, ending on June 1.
The crackdown is tied to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s broader Vision Zero campaign, which is meant to drive down and eliminate pedestrian deaths and injuries.
Over the last two weeks, the NYPD also announced enforcement efforts related to speeding — yielding more than 5,000 summonses — as well as cell phone use while driving and feature to yield to pedestrians — resulting in more than 4,800 summonses.
Police will be looking out for much of the same, as well as running red lights, turning improperly, disobeying traffic signs, parking violations — including double parking and blocking either bus stops or crosswalks.
There have been at least 88 traffic-related deaths in New York City in 2014, 44 of which were pedestrians.
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