New York Traffic Law Could Change After New Study
New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer issued a report after an alarming amount of car accidents, including the fatal Park Slope Crash in Brooklyn. The study takes a long look at the cumulative effects of repeat offenders allowed to stay on the road without consequences, and could start a dialog that would change New York traffic law moving forward.
New York Traffic Findings in Stringer’s Report:
- 46 high-risk traffic violations occur every hour in NYC
- A vehicle with multiple violations will speed in a school zone or run a red light 1107 times a day
- 214 pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists lost their lives in NYC traffic incidents in 2017
- Over 82,000 vehicles have incurred 5+ camera-issued tickets for speeding in school zones
- Over 4700 vehicles have earned 5+ camera-issued tickets for failure to stop at a red light
- 121,851 vehicles have a combination of camera-issued tickets for BOTH speeding and red light violations
- 1107 times a day a vehicle with multiple traffic violations is either plowing through a red light or barreling through a school zone
- 46 an hour in NYC
- 1 every 78 seconds in EVERY borough
The Comptroller’s Crux
With current New York traffic law, camera-issued tickets don’t hold the same weight in consequences and penalties as those issued by a police officer. A study by The Wall Street Journal also discovered that violations caught by camera (as opposed to an officer) are NOT reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles if the $50 fine is paid. Cameras are also only capable of catching a vehicle’s offense, and are not able to zero in on particular drivers/individuals. This makes it difficult suspend the license of a repeat offender.
According to a statement, Stringer said, “This analysis is shocking, outrageous, and almost unbelievable. If your car has more than 50 violations near a school, or dozens of tickets for running red lights, you shouldn’t be on the road. Yet, our government is letting it happen. There are gaps in our system that must be fixed, because lives are at stake.”
Following up on the analysis and statement, NYC Comptroller Stringer is strongly urging changes to New York traffic laws, citing stiffer fines and penalties singling out multiple offenders. Stringer also suggests that camera-issued and police-issued tickets begin to carry the same weight in penalties and consequences.
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