By Joy Bergmann
The NYPD’s 20th and 24th Precincts on the Upper West Side have been issuing fewer moving violation summonses to drivers [including e-bikers] even as traffic increases during the city’s post-Covid-19 comeback.
Community Board 7 members recently called for improved traffic enforcement in the wake of Hing Chung’s death after he was struck by an e-bike in April, and the hit-and-run that severely injured Lisa Banes earlier this month.
The NYPD tracks 46 types of moving violations summonses for everything from improper passing to obstructed plates. WSR pulled the most recent UWS totals for driver behavior that crucially endangers pedestrians and found a significant reduction in ticketing since March of this year:
An NYPD spokeswoman told WSR that fewer tickets should have been expected during the Covid period of reduced vehicle traffic. [Indeed, in May of 2020 the 20th Precinct wrote a total of 157 tickets compared to 876 in May 2019. The 24th wrote 119 tickets in May 2020 vs. 903 in May 2019.] But she did not have an explanation for the downward trend in 2021 UWS enforcement since lockdowns lessened.
WSR asked the precincts’ commanding officers for comment. Neither Capt. Neil Zuber of the 20th nor Deputy Inspector Naoki Yaguchi from the 24th has yet responded. We will update this story if they do.