The NYPD and the New York City Department of Transportation reported 6 fatal traffic incidences last weekend alone with most of the incidences linked to excessive speeding by the individuals behind the wheel. They are issuing serious safety alerts that warn drivers about safety, and perhaps, about their wallets that will soon get heavily fined.

Both agencies are seeing correlation between a beautiful weekend weather, reckless speeding, and serious fatalities particularly in the borough of Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan, and are ramping up serious enforcement protocols to deter speeding. According to the NYPD Chief of Transportation, Thomas Chan,

“Tragically, last weekend showed us that the blatant disregard of our speed laws are directly resulting in lives lost and families forever damaged. Our officers will be working to target this dangerous driving behavior. The NYPD is committed to Vision Zero; we expect all motorists to drive safely, and hold accountable all those that do not.”

–Thomas Chan, NYPD Chief of Transportation.

New York City Police Department Patrol Vehicle on a busy NYC Street in Manhattan.

New York City motorists should definitely expect heavy fines for speeding as most City Highways and even local police precincts are now reportedly equipped with some sophisticated technology to detect speeding above the set limits.

Speed control and its enforcement isn’t a stand alone effort of the government to keep the New York City residents save. An initiative called Vision Zero had been rolled out since 2014 which aims at leveraging technology, education, and enforcement to reduce driving and pedestrian fatalities.

It’s unclear, however, whether the City plans on holding pedestrians accountable in any way for properly conducting themselves on the road. Of course, speeding and reckless driving should be discouraged and severely punished, but pedestrians equally have some roles to play. Is the City government tough enough to issue pedestrians tickets?


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