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NYPD increasing traffic patrols after recent spike in crashes

There were 180 pedestrian deaths in 2013, marking a 27 percent drop since Mayor Bill
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After a recent string of fatal traffic crashes— including an MTA bus driver who allegedly hit a woman in Brooklyn and kept driving —the NYPD said it is beefing up patrols targetingdangerous drivers.

The increased NYPD enforcement will continue through Nov. 22, according to the department, and will target speeding and distracted drivers, and drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians and park in traffic lanes.

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The NYPD said they were committing 12,000 enforcement hours a day for the effort, and that officers from different traffic bureaus will focus on areas with high pedestrian crash numbers.

Police said they were assigning the following number of officers to increase patrols: 230 from the highway district, 150 from traffic operations, 1185 from traffic enforcement and 154 from patrol services.

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