New York City residents and visitors must face some of the nation’s busiest and most congested streets. With extreme density in the city, the chance for accidents to occur can be high. Traffic violations are taken seriously by law enforcement and New York traffic law can have harsh penalties depending upon the nature of a given situation. Fines are high, points on a driver’s license can raise insurance rates and license suspensions can make life challenging for many drivers.
The New York Police Department is being tasked with a renewed effort to keep traffic fatalities down. In 2013, 286 people died as the result of auto accidents in New York. That compares to 334 deaths from murders in the city in the same year. With those numbers being so close, both issues are being brought to the forefront of police and officers are being encouraged to crack down on traffic violations.
Historically, homicides have been a top priority and concern for police efforts in New York. Over the recent years, however, those numbers have been steadily reduced. That is allowing the force to put turn attention to other areas of concern and traffic deaths are at the top of the list. Reckless driving, jaywalking and more may all now be under more scrutiny of police officers than in recent years.
People who receive a citation for any form of traffic violation as the increased effort against such situations grows may wish to talk to an attorney about the circumstances and what type of help is available.
Source: NYPost.com, “Police commanders shifting focus from crime to traffic safety,” Jamie Schram and Larry Celona, January 27, 2014