The NYPD slowdown has led to a complete shutdown of traffic enforcement on the Upper West Side, with zero tickets given out between Dec. 29 and Jan. 4 for moving violations in either the 20th or 24th precincts compared to hundreds of tickets issued the year before, according to the New York Press.
The slowdown, which appears to have been orchestrated by the officers union to protest what they feel is disrespect from the mayor (union leaders now deny a coordinated slowdown), caused a citywide slump in police enforcement. Traffic offenses, in particular, have plunged. But while these may be considered “lower-level” offenses, they are also an important part of the mayor’s Vision Zero initiative.
On the Upper West Side, a slew of pedestrian deaths have energized the public to push for more enforcement of offenses like speeding and failure to yield as a deterrent to aggressive driving. Tickets did pick up last year, particularly in the 24th, but have recently disappeared entirely.
“From Dec. 29 to Jan. 4, the second week of the slowdown, police in the 24th Precinct on the Upper West Side issued zero parking tickets and zero moving violations, according to CompStat records. Last year over the same week officers in the 24th issued 188 parking tickets and 152 moving violations, which includes the ever-important summons for failing to yield to a pedestrian.
Citing department policy, 24th Precinct officers declined to comment.
That same trend applies to police in the 20th Precinct, which covers the lower half of the Upper West Side. From Dec. 29 to Jan. 4, police issued three parking tickets and zero moving violations. Last year over the same period they gave out 180 and 125, respectively.”
Commissioner Bratton says the numbers will likely rise in the coming weeks.