For the second month in a row, NYPD issued more summonses for failure to yield to pedestrians than officers wrote a year ago.
Failure to yield summonses jumped 60 percent in January compared to January 2013. Overall, this year’s total is up by 108 percent over the same time frame last year.
The percent changes look so large in part because the baseline was small. The 4,811 failure to yield summonses issued through February still amount to a small fraction of total moving violations — which are down 4 percent from last year.
Tickets for red-light running and speeding increased as well, though as we reported last month it’s impossible to know if the uptick in speeding enforcement occurred on neighborhood streets or on highways, where most tickets are usually issued.
That said, in the two months after Mayor de Blasio announced his Vision Zero initiative, there’s no doubt that NYPD has stepped up enforcement of dangerous driving behaviors. We’ll keep eyeing the data to see if this trend continues.