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Bucking Citywide Trend, Sheepshead Bay-Area Traffic Tickets Stay Steady

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A 2012 collision on Bedford Avenue and Emmons Avenue, which neighbors say is a common occurrence. (Photo: Tom Paolillo)

The New York Police Department has been busy this year. In February, the number of tickets issued across the city for traffic violations have gone up. But things look different in our local 61st Precinct, which covers Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach and Gerritsen Beach.

In this area there has been no increase or decrease in the number of tickets drivers received in February 2014 when compared to the number issued in February 2013, according to an analysis of the NYPD’s data by WNYC. It has stayed a consistent 65, while most precincts in the city have seen drastic increases during the first month of Vision Zero policy implementation.

Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct, for example, shot up 169 percent. Bed-Stuy’s 79th Precinct increased a whopping 322 percent.

According to a WNYC analysis, the increase is due to the fact that “most precincts stepped up enforcement of speeding, failure to yield to pedestrians, and failure to stop at traffic signals.” The ramped up enforcement is part of the policy implementation of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan, which aims to reduce traffic-related fatalities. As part of the plan, officers are called on to increase enforcement against the most dangerous kinds of violations.

In February 2014, the NYPD reported 220 collisions in the 61st Precinct. There was only one fatality, a man who was struck and killed by a private plow in front of the Oceana complex in Brighton Beach.

In a new community newsletter to be produced monthly by the 61st Precinct, the local command announced that traffic enforcement would ramp up in the neighborhood, with a particular focus on locations with a history of pedestrian-related accidents.

They wrote:

In accordance with Mayor De Blasio’s “Vision Zero” campaign, one of the top priorities of the New York City Police Department is to reduce injuries and deaths resulting from motor vehicle collisions. Officers on patrol will focus enforcement related to keeping pedestrians and motorists safe by issuing summonses that include the failure to stop at stop signs and red lights, as well as the failure to yield to pedestrians.

Our current top pedestrian related collision location is the intersection of Coney Island Avenue and Avenue Z. Our partnership with the community includes sharing vital information so that our friends, family and neighbors will remain safe.

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  1. It sure would be nice if NYPD/Traffic Agents would write summons for parking on the west side of Sheepshead Bay Rd.. There are No Standing signs on that side of the road from Shore Parkway to Jerome Ave., yet people park there as if the signs don’t exist. I’ve driven down Sheepshead Bay Rd. while people park on that side and trucks park next to them to make a delivery. This cuts Sheepshead Bay Rd. down to one lane.

    I mentioned this to a cop sitting in a radio car parked in front of Bally’s and he looked at me like I was speaking another language and babbled something about the Traffic Dept. I told him that they don’t write tickets either.

  2. Yet no one says anything about the car service parking at the Bay station, or all the left turns at E 14th and Z, including the same car service who pass the light, then make that dangerous left turn in front of oncoming traffic, by pulling partially into opposing traffice. They also block traffic at the intersection because invariably, someone is parked in front of the hydrant. BTW, car service drivers, if you want to talk, get the hell out of the street, or don’t complain when you get clipped by someone trying to squeeze between your illegally parked cars, and oncoming traffic!

  3. I hope that someone will reply with an answer for this. Been driving me crazy for years! Even when there is a patrol car under the station, the others are all still there and the Police are just watching them. Why?

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