More Traffic Tickets Equal Fewer Deaths?

02 May More Traffic Tickets Equal Fewer Deaths

A cornerstone of Bill de Blasio’s NYC mayoral agenda is his commitment to reducing traffic-related deaths. Indeed, statistics show that this scourge senselessly claims far too many lives.

One of many tactics he has been using is stepping up ticketing to cut down on dangerous driving that causes fatalities. But does increased enforcement help? Mayor de Blasio says “yes” and defends his mandate as vital for the safety of all New Yorkers. The measures appear to be working. In the first few months of the year, eight fewer people have died than last year: Forty as opposed to forty-eight, which is a 17 percent decrease.

By the Numbers

The tragic primary and largely preventable cause of injury-related death to children under age fourteen in our city is being hit by a vehicle. Seniors are also particularly vulnerable. Roughly 250 people total are killed and 4,000 hurt annually in the last few years, which means accidents happen roughly once every two hours.

Reengineering dangerous areas has meant a 34 percent improvement in fatalities since 2005—double the improvement rates of other cities, which has made NYC an aspirational model.

“License and Registration, Please”

In addition to enacting international Vision Zero pedestrian safety strategies to greatly reduce deaths, de Blasio has been having officers focus on speeding offenders in particular. From the start of 2017 to about mid-April, a total of 35,868 tickets were slapped on lead-footed drivers in New York City. The year prior had 30,601 for the same time span, making it a 17 percent increase.

With tickets, although there are certainly serial offenders, most drivers get the hint and lower their speed for a time after their slap on the wrist. Knowing that cops are out is also a deterrent. But also, AAA notes that ideally, speed limits are engineered in conjunction with the unique aspects of a certain locale, and having drivers adhere to that velocity will naturally cut down on crashes. The mayor has lowered the speed limit in some zones from 30 mph to 25 mph, which certainly gives walkers more time to avoid cars. And the city has repurposed thoroughfares in regard to pedestrian safety.

Cops are also targeting drivers who turn at intersections, with a whopping 12,946 failure-to-yield tickets issued in the first quarter, up from 10,060 last year and only roughly 6,000 the year before.

If You’ve Gotten a Traffic Ticket

Some NYC drivers have been frustrated by the slew of tickets they say are being handed out for slight mistakes like going only a bit over the speed limit and receiving steep tickets to pay. As the mayor said in a recent press conference: “I want everyone to realize that if you speed, the NYPD will get you.”

But you do have options. Traffic ticket attorney James Medows applauds any effort to keep NYC roads safer, but he also knows that citizens can be ticketed without proper proof to back up claims. Simply paying fines and accepting the charge without learning your own rights can have you paying fines and penalties and weakening your driving status. Attorney Medows is happy to explain how he can fight your violation and even appear in traffic court for you.

Call or text for a free, no-obligation consultation today and save yourself trouble down the road. Contact the Law Office of James Medows at 917-856-1247, or get in touch through the form on this page.