NYC Residents to Face More Tickets

Low angle view of a police officer looking through radar gun

One of the biggest initiatives enacted by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has been the Vision Zero traffic safety plan. Under this plan, he has sought the goal of reducing the number of accidents and other incidents on New York’s roads. Now, Mayor de Blasio is stepping up the program even further by increasing the number of officers on the streets.

In a recent press conference, Mayor de Blasio said he will be deploying more NYPD officers, and more radar guns along with them. In fact, the city is planning to buy 120 more radar guns. The goal is to catch and deter more speeders. In addition, there will be more summonses for failing to yield to pedestrians, and more checkpoints to look for drunk drivers.

Mayor de Blasio said his deterrence program has been working. “If you know that you’re going to go out there and speed, and you’re absolutely gonna get a ticket — if you were convinced you’re gonna get a ticket — you’re not gonna speed. If you think you’re not gonna get away with something, you don’t do it,” he said.

Though many don’t agree with de Blasio’s tactics, the statistics are on his side. Before Vision Zero, traffic fatalities have declined by nearly a quarter. By comparison, the national average rose 7 percent in 2015. Part of that difference is increasing speeding summonses. Before Vision Zero, the city had about 77,000 summonses annually; in 2016 alone, that number was about 137,000.

Also planned in the upcoming fiscal year:

  • Street redesigns
  • More fully staffed school crossing guard posts
  • Fixed street markings
  • Dedicated bike lanes
  • Left-turn calming measures

If you have been hit with a speeding ticket in New York, you do have legal options besides paying it right away. Contact the attorneys at Feifer & Greenberg today for a free consultation.