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The 78th Precinct gave out 63 failure-to-yield tickets in the first two months of 2014

Breaking away! Slope police are ‘number one’ in reckless driving tickets

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Park Slope cops are way out in front in the race to crack down on drivers as part of the mayor’s road safety initiative.

The neighborhood’s 78th Precinct slapped 63 motorists with tickets for failure to yield to pedestrians in the first two months of 2014, which is more than two thirds of the 96 its cops handed out in 2013 and is on pace to be more than 15 times the amount logged at a neighboring station house. Road safety activists are fired up about the ticketing blitz, as well as the precinct’s other 2014 initiatives, including a crossing guard audit and a just-begun parking-in-bike-lanes crackdown, saying that the precinct is the best proponent of Mayor DeBlasio’s Vision Zero pledge to stop traffic deaths, but could still do even more.

“The 78th is the NYPD’s number one Vision Zero precinct,” said Charles Komanoff of the car critic group Right of Way. “Still, just one ticket a day for failure to yield, thus far in 2014, is pretty slim.”

Slim or ample, the amount is huge in comparison to the tickets produced by neighboring precincts.

Carroll Gardens’ 76th Precinct handed out just two failure-to-yield summonses in January, while Crown Heights 77th Precinct wrote up four.

Slope officers started hitting drivers with the seldom-enforced charge during a two-day citation spree in late January, when undercover officers posed as everyday road-crossers and hit 16 drivers with tickets when they failed to take their feet off the gas.

The pace of the crosswalk crackdown slowed in February, when the precinct recorded 21 of the failure-to-yield slips, half of the amount written the month prior. But the issue is clearly more of a priority now than it was in February 2013, when the precinct only filled out two of the reprimands.

Another road warrior said the fact that the precinct is keeping the pressure on scofflaw drivers is what Slopers should focus on, not this February’s decline.

“I think it’s great that they’re out there turning this into a regular enforcement detail,” said Park Slope Street Safety Partnership founder Eric McClure.

McClure, who has attended both of the precinct’s new monthly road safety meetings, said commanding officer Deputy Inspector Michael Ameri knows what he is doing and the flurry of new campaigns targeting drivers will not fall by the wayside.

“I don’t think they would be doing things if the deputy inspector thought they didn’t have the manpower to adequately staff them,” McClure said.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at mriesz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Not Goish from Prospect Heights says:
When the mayor lives in your precinct, action is taken.
March 5, 2014, 8:53 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
Great news! This is badly needed in the 68th Precinct, where moving violations are ignored.
March 5, 2014, 10:17 am
Scott from Park Slope says:
Ameri attended the community meeting in Park Slope a couple months ago to discuss Vision Zero, recent traffic deaths, and how to make our streets safe for children and families. He pledged then and there to do something about it, and I applaud him for being true to his word. It is so welcome to have the NYPD doing something to mitigate the biggest threat to public safety that most people experience every day: speeding cars and drivers who fail to yield the right of way. Bravo, 78th!
March 5, 2014, 10:31 am
ty from pps says:
This is great! I hope of the precincts take note.
March 5, 2014, 10:55 am
Dianec from Orignial PK SLOP says:
They need to enforce the bicycles more! I am so done with them and their reckless driving
March 5, 2014, 12:55 pm
Petunia from Park Slope says:
Thank you 78th Precinct! Hopefully other precincts, seeing the positive community response, will follow the 78th's lead.
March 5, 2014, 1:08 pm
Parent from Slope says:
Thank you, DI Ameri! What an example your precinct is setting for the rest of the city.

Well done!
March 5, 2014, 1:30 pm
Mike Bike from NYC says:
Of course, once the warm weather hits, and the zero tolerance policy starts getting applied to bicyclists, we're certain to hear much loud howling about NYPD's "war on bikes".

It's ALWAYS the "other guy" that's the problem.
March 5, 2014, 1:40 pm
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
Bicycles don't injure and kill as much as cars do. Anyone care to disprove this?
March 5, 2014, 2:14 pm
Diane C. from Original Park Slop says:
Trying to cross PPW all the time dodging bikes more instead of cars. Cars stop at red lights I never seen any bicycle do this Give me a break will you
March 5, 2014, 2:25 pm
Diane C. from Original Park Slop says:
Earlier research, based on a sample of hospitals nationwide, estimated that there were approximately 1,000 pedestrians hit by a cyclist each year in the United States who needed to obtain medical treatment at a hospital. This present study, based on every hospital in New York State, has found that in New York State alone, there were approximately 1000 pedestrians struck by cyclists each year necessitating medical treatment at a hospital.
March 5, 2014, 2:34 pm
Diane C. from Original Park Slop says:
And myself was hit crazed delivery guy while mind you i was on the sidewalk he hit me from behind aren't they all supposed to be in the streets in their god awful bike lanes? This was only the other night so give me a break
March 5, 2014, 2:37 pm
Oliver from Sunset Park says:
Diane C., how many of those pedestrians hit by cyclists died? Because pedestrians hit by cars die, and that's why the enforcement needs to be focused on cars. Yes, bikes should obey the laws too, but let's be realistic about what is really the more serious threat to people.
March 5, 2014, 2:47 pm
Diane C. from Park SLop says:
I am not defending reckless drivers but the bikes need to be included also. There seems to be more and more of them. As far as car accidents you really have to take a good look to see who is at fault If it is the drive by all means punish them by the full extent of the law. That should go for cyclists as well as drivers
March 5, 2014, 3:08 pm
Oliver from Sunset Park says:
Diane - It does already go for cyclists as well as drivers, that argument doesn't need to be made anymore.

But, enforcement needs to be focused on the most dangerous infractions, like speeding and failure to yield. Complaining that you have to look carefully before crossing a bike lane in an article praising a police precinct for enforcing traffic laws is fallacious.
March 5, 2014, 3:48 pm
Slope from Slope says:
The last time a cyclist killed a pedestrian was in 2009. The last time a driver killed a pedestrian was yesterday.
March 5, 2014, 4:14 pm
Slope from Slope says:
Diane, cyclists on the PPW lane don't have to stop for red lights. They are supposed to yield to pedestrians, however.
March 5, 2014, 4:16 pm
DianeYouCantWin from Bklyn says:
The DOT and street rules AKA Vision Zero are borne from the "bike lobby". That's why bikes are protected and no the focus. These comment sections, community board meetings and elected officials are swayed by members of bike orgs - that have little concern about public/common good, and mostly underhanded and more obvious agenda at squeezing cars (and their drivers) out of NYC.
March 5, 2014, 5:03 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Thank you Diane for understanding what's really going on here. These bike zealots are always known for being in a double standard when it comes to rules. They always claim that we motorists must follow every letter of the law, which so many do, and breaking them should be a crime against nature. At the same time, they feel that they are exempt from all laws and can get away with anything. To answer Oliver, cyclists are required to follow the traffic laws as well, and until those laws for them are changed, they are in place, so quit acting like a victim to the rules here when others have to follow them. As for Slope, just because the amount cyclists kill or injure are less doesn't give them a reason to continue flouting traffic laws, and saying this makes me feel that you are dodging the real issue as always. Of course, it's easy to blame a group solely on effects, but when looking at the causes, it can change a lot. For example, you will probably say that the Israel Defense Force is much more of a terrorist group than Hamas just because you look at the amount of people they kill on their side and base it only on that, but when you see that Hamas is placing their people into harm's way either as human shields or putting their bases in densely populated areas, you will see the exact opposite. There are many other examples and analogies I can use, but I will stop there for now. Let's not forget that when cyclists and pedestrians are flouting the laws themselves, they are placing themselves into harm's way with such acts.
March 5, 2014, 5:09 pm
Scott from Park Slope says:
Diane C, aka Iris Weinshall, we the vast majority in Park Slope have registered the annoyance you feel at the bike lane on PPW that inconveniences your personal limo service. I have personally heard you whining about it while walking behind you and your personal assistant on the Prospect Park loop. But hey, you know what? We all really like bike traffic in the neighborhood. Even when we're talking about spandex-wearing racers they still don't kill people when they collide with pedestrians. Cars do, though, nearly every time. So here's an idea: stuff your phoney stats where the sun don't shine and let the rest of us, you know, the people and peasants that pay you and your husband's salary, design a neighborhood whose traffic won't actually kill us and our children. K thx bye!
March 5, 2014, 5:28 pm
All-Powerful Bike Lobby from Everywhere says:
That's right, people. Everyone knows where the NYPD gets its marching orders, and it ain't City Hall.
March 5, 2014, 5:28 pm
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
Tal

Why don't you get a tourist visa and visit Brooklyn?

Then you can hang out for a half an hour at a corner like 9th Street and 5th Ave. Then tell me who is "flouting traffic laws"
March 5, 2014, 5:37 pm
Peter from Brooklyn Heights says:
The last time a pedestrian was killed in NYC by a bike was more than 5 years ago. It was 5 years before that, that another was. 2 people in 10 years.

About 4 New Yorkers are killed PER WEEK in NYC by motor vehicles - including, many, many, that are in the crosswalk, and have the green.

More New Yorkers have been killed by falling branches, and possibly even lightning bolts, than cyclists.
March 5, 2014, 7:18 pm
ty from pps says:
156 pedestrian deaths in NYC in 2013... ZERO caused by a cyclist. However, several of these were ON THE SIDEWALK, never mind crossing the street.

I fully endorse 29 mph speed governors in all taxi cabs... with the option to disengage the governor on highways and parkways (but all disengagements of the governor must be checked against GPS records or a fine/license suspension must be levied).
March 5, 2014, 7:25 pm
ty from pps says:
If taxis, cars services and other livery vehicles were forced to drive the speed limit... the overall speed of streets will be lowered.
March 5, 2014, 7:27 pm
ty from pps says:
Oh, and to make the Idiot Tal Barzilai happy, we can put 29 mph speed governors on bicycles too. :-)
March 5, 2014, 7:35 pm
The Chooch from hipsterized Brooklyn says:
Cars are by far the more dangerous threat to life than bikes. And as the city becomes more oriented to pedestrian and bicycle traffic, as it should, the full force of the law must focus on protecting that traffic from the danger to life posed by cars. To say "bikers should also obey the law" is irrelevant. Sure, everyone should obey the law. But the priority is absolutely to crack down on reckless drivers of automobiles.
March 5, 2014, 7:38 pm
The Chooch from hipsterized Brooklyn says:
Oh I like that idea! A 25 mph speed limit on bikes as well as cars. So it's fair to everyone. Brilliant.
March 5, 2014, 7:41 pm
Rob from Greenpoint says:
Thank you NYPD!
March 5, 2014, 7:56 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
First off, I would like to state that for the record, I do NOT condone reckless drivers, and it should be stopped at all costs. However, this doesn't give any excuses for other groups that are flouting the laws as well. That same precinct can make a lot of revenue just by going after the rogue cyclists and jaywalkers by enforcing the laws on them as well. Of course, they will be crying foul as always and will just like act like victims to the rules. For anyone who says it's wrong to talk about cyclists when discussing motorists that break the laws, I can say the same thing for anyone who discusses cars when it's about bicycles, so cut the double standard. Seriously, I could never understand why bike zealots always seem to be so defensive, but I guess the attitude comes with their nature.
March 5, 2014, 8:03 pm
ty from pps says:
First off, I would like to state for the record, I do NOT think Tal Barzilai is very intelligent. However, this doesn't give him any excuses to keep rattling on with his brand of stupid. The City of Pleasantville average intelligence would increase 30% if they made him move out of his mother's basement and kicked him out of town. Of course, he will be crying foul as always and will just act like a victim to the rules of the non-stupid. Seriously, I could never understand why stupid people like Tal are allowed to use his mom's internet, but I guess there's only so much "Tal Time" his parents can tolerate (I mean, can you imagine?) It's probably better to send him to his room in the basement to play on the internet.
March 5, 2014, 8:21 pm
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
BWAHH HA HA HA HA HA !!! Well said, ty.
March 5, 2014, 10:31 pm
T-Bone from DoBro says:
Ty just poo'd in Tal's cereal.
March 5, 2014, 11:26 pm
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
Tal

Of course there is a double standard. When car drivers "flout the law" they KILL people.
March 6, 2014, 10:01 am
BC from Park Slope says:
Park a cop anywhere on 6th Avenue between Union and 9th Street, any time of day or night, and watch the tickets pile up. The speed at which these clowns -- car service vehicles, for the most part -- blast through a nabe FILLED with children is beyond belief. But where the f#$% were these "enforcement details" for the past 10 years? (P.S. We all know DeBlasio is a clueless and completely uninspiring doofus of a leader, but if this saves a few lives, well, bravo.)
March 6, 2014, 10:52 am
BC from Park Slope says:
Also, re: the comments here about bicyclists: While the two-wheeled among us might not kill or maim anyone, I routinely see self-absorbed jaghole cyclists riding on sidewalks, blowing through red lights, etc. I rode with Critical Mass years ago, but stopped because I had never met a group of people who were more self-righteous and lacking in humor than those smirking effing eejits. Cars kill people; but bicyclists annoy people to distraction.
March 6, 2014, 10:56 am
Diane C. from Once Known as Park Slope says:
Scott I for one who you are talking about Iris Weinshall Second I do not have my own personal Limo service If i had the money for that do you really think i would be commenting in this particular forum? I am just a working class person Brooklyn Original. You sound like you have some major anger issues and should seek counseling.
March 6, 2014, 1:27 pm
Diane C. from PS says:
Come to think of it all the nut job bike enthusiasts
should get some serious counseling along with proper etiquette I will again push you off your high horse(bike) if you come up behind me while i am walking on the sidewalk or come close to me while i am in the crosswalk.
March 6, 2014, 1:59 pm
ty from pps says:
Diane,
What do you do to the drivers that come close to you in the crosswalk? Do you pull the driver out of their seat onto the road?
March 6, 2014, 4:25 pm
ty from pps says:
In other words, shut up.
March 6, 2014, 4:25 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, that comment about me was downright insulting, and I expect an immediate apology from you. Then again, what am I supposed to expect from you bike zealots? Every time you and your colleagues bring up that cars kill more, you're dodging the actual issue, because you can't find anything to back up your claims. Saying something like that does remind me of the anti-Israel crowd when they try to deny the actions of Hamas while saying that the Israeli government is state sponsored terrorism, and that can be proven just by making some simple substitutions of words. For the record, I do follow the rules a lot when I drive, so I do practice what I preach and NOT play victim to the rules unlike so many of you bike zealots. Just hearing that Bikelash claim at the Bike Summit is nothing but a barrel of laughs and just making more enemies as always. Once again, I don't condone the actions of reckless drivers, but I can never understand why you guys condone the action of rogue cyclists and even stand up to their defense in the claim that they do no evil.
March 6, 2014, 7:30 pm
pookie Da Lion says:
omg omg omg - I am seriously in fear - ty - the hall monitor is here- if he does not tell me to do myself he may hold his breath until she turns blue - man up and stand when you pee
March 6, 2014, 8:44 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- It was intended to be insulting... the most effective insults are based on truth. Sounds like my comment was a pretty accurate assessment of your sad little life.
March 7, 2014, 10:25 am
Me from Bay Ridge says:
You can park next to the hydrant if you don't mind having the hoses run through your windows.
March 7, 2014, 10:55 am
Diane C> says:
TY you can KMA you imbecile I do not think i will run into a car on the sidewalk. Idiotic statement Make me shut up if you has the cajones to do it. I have every right to state my opinion whether you like it or not so you can STFU yourself capisce?
March 7, 2014, 12:44 pm
ty from pps says:
Diane,
Did I say sidewalk? I believe I said crosswalk.

(I'll set aside the fact that SEVERAL of the pedestrian deaths caused by drivers were actually on the sidewalk.)

Yeah, you do have a right to state your opinion. I also have the right to call you out for making stupid "tough guy" comments. So, I'll ask again, if you are crossing in the crosswalk and a car comes close to you (like those scary bicycles), will you attack the driver and drag him out of his driver's seat? Ya know, the same what you are going to knock down and assault someone on a bicycle?

How many drivers have you assaulted? How many cyclists? You sound like a real tough broad.
March 7, 2014, 1:20 pm
Diane C. from PS says:
I really get po'd at drivers that are reckless also i would go after a driver as well for being an idiot. Look you can call me all the names you want. I have no time to argue with a yuppie liberal ingrate. I said my peace now i will move on
March 7, 2014, 2:21 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, the only difference between you and me is that I am actually talking about the issue, while you are the one attacking an actual person just for disagreeing, which shows who is the real troll here.
March 7, 2014, 5:35 pm
Fact Checker from NYC says:
Diane C.'s stats are bogus.

She states:

1,000 pedestrians were hospitalized due to bicycle collisions in the United States (irrelevant).

Then she goes on to say 1,000 pedestrians were severely injured (hospitalized) by bicyclist in New York State (WAIT WHAT?).

Either way, insignificant. There are over 300 million people in the United States and almost 20 million in New York State alone.

Now this is factual:

"The last time a pedestrian was killed in NYC by a bike was more than 5 years ago. It was 5 years before that, that another was. 2 people in 10 years.

About 4 New Yorkers are killed PER WEEK in NYC by motor vehicles - including, many, many, that are in the crosswalk, and have the green.

More New Yorkers have been killed by falling branches, and possibly even lightning bolts, than cyclists."

-Peter

Diane C. and Tal Barzilai are irrelevant bicycle haters.
March 8, 2014, 12:01 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Fact Checker, how much does Mark Gorton or Paul Steely White pay you to make these claims, because I will pay you double to go against either of them?
March 8, 2014, 3:01 pm
Tyson White from UWS says:
Dian C: A bicyclist who strikes a pedestrian will crash and injure himself - most likely greater injury than his/her victim. There goes your baloney theory of the hit-and-run bicyclists. In any case, the severity of injuries is of no comparison to that of cars. How many amputated limbs have bicycles caused?

To even bring up the danger of bicyclists when we have done so little to protect the public from dangerous drivers is completely absurd and motivated by... Oh, opposition to the PPW bike lane?
March 10, 2014, 11:51 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Tyson, there are many cases where cyclists hit a pedestrian and do run away. What you are explaining are a minority. Either way, if the cyclist is at fault, it was because they were flouting the laws to begin with, so being hurt doesn't change anything. Still, flouting the laws does place them into harm's way, but anti-car fanatics like yourselves do like making them martyrs for their actions, which is no lie.
March 10, 2014, 7:12 pm

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