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Pedestrian death precedes three-week traffic crackdown

Residents and visitors who drive on the streets in New York are under strong surveillance since the city’s mayor announced a plan to eliminated pedestrian deaths in the coming few years. Law enforcement officers are vigilant in their search for people who break the area’s traffic laws. Many speeding tickets or other citations have been issued this year and more are likely to follow as the effort only continues to grow.

Situations like the recent death of a 59-year old pedestrian make the city’s officials and police concerned about safety on local roads. The man was killed in a hit-and-run accident when crossing an intersection near Ruby Street and Linden Boulevard Service Road on a Sunday. The accident took place the day before the city launched a started a new crackdown on traffic violations involving various reckless driving violations.

The effort is planned to span a total of 21 days and incorporate some of the hardest hit areas around the city. Specific streets, intersections or neighborhoods targeted have not been disclosed, however. Officers will be looking for actions such as speeding, making illegal turns, running red lights, failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians, handheld use of cell phones and more. Anything that could be considered a dangerous driving practice will leave drivers vulnerable to receive tickets. Depending on individual circumstances, license suspensions and points on driving records could also be part of the penalties.

Safety is important but so too is fair treatment for all drivers. A citation is not the same thing as a conviction and drivers who believe they have been unfairly cited may want to get help from an attorney.

Source: NY1.com, “Reckless Drivers Targeted in Citywide Crackdown,” June 16, 2014

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