More Than 4,800 Drivers Caught Speeding in Two-Day NYPD Crackdown

By Aidan Gardiner on May 23, 2014 9:54am 

 More drivers were ticketed in Brooklyn during the 48-hour crackdown than any other borough, police said.
More drivers were ticketed in Brooklyn during the 48-hour crackdown than any other borough, police said.
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NEW YORK CITY — More than 4,800 drivers were caught speeding during a 48-hour window this week, bringing the number of tickets issued in recent NYPD traffic crackdowns to over 10,000, police said.

Brooklyn had the most speeders with 1,249 summonses issued during the increased enforcement period from midnight Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, the NYPD said.

The crackdown came a week after a similar initiative meant to catch drivers on their phones or not yielding to pedestrians, which produced 5,258 tickets, police said.

These traffic enforcement initiatives by the NYPD are part of a broader effort by the city to dramatically reduce the number of traffic-related deaths and injuries — a project dubbed "Vision Zero."

While Brooklyn saw the highest number of speeders in this week's crackdown, Queens came in a close second with 1,219 and Manhattan third with 1,175, police said. Neither The Bronx nor Staten Island broke 1,000, with 782 and 389 tickets respectively.

These citywide efforts have been coupled with local precinct-level crackdowns like one in Jackson Heights from May 5-10 that yielded 1,150 tickets and another five-day push in three Queens precincts starting next Wednesday.

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