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Cops To Crackdown On Texting & Driving This Week

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Starting last night, the NYPD will be cracking down on people using cell phones while driving and failing to yield to pedestrians in a citywide initiative that will run through midnight Tuesday, and then again for another 24 hours starting at midnight on Friday, May 16.

The use of a hand-held cell phone and texting while driving is illegal, and the NYPD wants to remind people that driving while operating, talking, or texting on a cell phone is dangerous both for drivers and pedestrians.

The NYPD adds that “preserving the right of way for pedestrians is a primary focus of the NYPD’s traffic safety mission,” and that drivers should yield to pedestrians at intersections to keep everyone safe.

In March (the last period for which data is available), the 70th Precinct issued 239 summonses to drivers using cell phones, and 99 summonses to drivers who did not give the right of way to pedestrians. In all of 2013, they issued 2,479 cell phone summonses, and 247 summonses for not giving right of way to pedestrians.

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  1. This is great – I’d love to see them crack down on the motorists who ignore the STOP signs in our neighborhood.

  2. I wish they would stop with the publicity “crack downs” and just start regular enforcement. Make traffic safety PART OF their job, just a special activity. It also wouldn’t hurt if the police themselves modeled safe behavior, but I guess above-the-law corrupt thinking is too engrained?

  3. r-squared — Have you been hurt by pedestrians running you over?

    NYPD Chief of Transportation Thomas Chan:
    “Motorists are
    operating a 4,000 pound vehicle. And we cannot be distracted while we’re
    operating that vehicle,” he said. “When a collision occurs between a
    motorist and a pedestrian, the pedestrian loses 100 percent of the time.
    So again, it’s very important that our motorists, who are obligated to
    be licensed, that they operate in a way that’s not distracted.”

    This is called using limited resources to increase safety. It’s not a matter of using limited resources to satisfy Mr. R-Squared’s perceptions of injustice. Oh no!! A cyclist with a far superior field of vision decided to roll through an intersection at 9 mph, risking injury to him/herself… vs. A motorist with restricted field of vision (lower angle, windshield/window obstructions) drives through an intersection at 40 mph risking death and injury for everyone but him/herself.

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