By Joy Bergmann
Captain Marlon Larin, commander of the NYPD’s 24th Precinct, provided a mixed progress report on traffic safety for 2015 during a meeting Tuesday of Community Board 7’s Transportation Committee.
Larin announced that during from January 1 through December 6, the 24th Precinct (86th Street to 110th Street, Central Park West to Henry Hudson Parkway) recorded:
- 1296 total collisions, up 13.49% vs. 1142 in 2014
- 190 collisions resulting in injuries, down 11.21% from 214 in 2014
- 237 injured persons, down 2.87% vs. 244 in 2014
- 1 fatal injury vs. 7 in 2014
- 37 injuries in crashes involving bicyclists, down from 45 in 2014.
- 7312 total moving violation summons issued, down 4.9% from 7688 in 2014
Larin offered an explanation for the reduction in summonses: fewer fatalities means fewer implementations of NYPD “72-hour plans,” a three-day period of intensified, full-court press traffic enforcement following a fatal collision. For example, when elderly pedestrian Luisa Rosario was struck and killed by a taxi at 109th and Columbus on November 8, 2015, the precinct carried out a 72-hour plan of concentrated enforcement yielding over 150 summons in the immediate area.
Larin recited some specific Vision Zero priority enforcement statistics for the 24th Precinct:
- Red light running: 1008 summons, up 77.8% vs. 567 in 2014
- Disobey sign: 1957 summons, up 25.4% vs. 1561 in 2014
- Failure to yield to pedestrian: 558 summons, down 2.1% vs. 570 in 2014
- Speeding: 543 summons, up 51.3% vs. 359 in 2014
Larin noted room for improvement, especially on the speeding front. “With 365 days in the year, 543 summons may not be the best.”
A Committee member asked about the spike in summons issued to bicyclists, 873 vs. 484 in 2014, comparing it to the decrease in “failure to yield” summons issued to drivers, “How does that square with Vision Zero?” Larin responded that community complaints about bicyclists had spurred the increase, not evidence of injuries caused by bikes. “I hear about it a lot,” he said.