QUEENS — Police slapped drivers with more than 360 tickets, nearly half of them for failure to yield to pedestrians, during a five-day traffic safety crackdown conducted in Forest Hills and Rego Park, the NYPD said.
The ticketing blitz was carried out by police officers from the 112th Precinct between May 28 and June 1, as part of the city's Vision Zero initiative, which has the goal of eliminating traffic-related deaths in the city.
According to the NYPD, out of the total 363 summonses issued over the five-day period, 150 were given for failure to yield to pedestrians, 87 for disobeying stop signs, 33 for talking on cell phones while driving and 30 for making improper turns.
The largest number of tickets — 192 — were issued at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and 63rd Drive in Rego Park. The second most ticketed intersection was Queens Boulevard and 71st Avenue in Forest Hills, where 65 drivers were issued summonses, police said.
The two intersections are among the busiest in the area.
Three serious accidents took place in recent months at the Forest Hills intersection. Two pedestrians were killed in two separate crashes there and a woman had to have her left leg amputated above the knee after she was struck by an MTA bus at the corner, police said.