Which Precincts Are Making Progress on Vision Zero in Queens?

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The advocates at Make Queens Safer have put together this handy visualization of NYPD enforcement trends in Queens using data scraped from PDFs the department posts online. You can see the big increase in failure-to-yield summonses, a smaller but significant bump up in speeding tickets last month, and a mild uptick in red light tickets. Pedestrian and cyclist injuries are back down to 2012 levels after an increase in 2013.

The precinct-level breakdown is especially interesting. The 104th, 110th, 111th, and 113th precincts are among the borough’s leaders in increasing summonses for failure-to-yield, speeding, or red light running, and all four are also seeing significant drops in pedestrian and cyclist injuries. (There are 17 precincts in Queens.) As Make Queens Safer notes, every precinct is starting from a different baseline, so a precinct that started out with a relatively high level of enforcement may not show up on the list of leaders here. But this is intriguing data and a closer look could reveal more about the link between increased enforcement and better safety outcomes.

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  • Make Queens Safer

    Thanks, Streetsblog! Vision Zero is about changing the culture, and enforcement, education, and engineering changes will take time to translate into safer behavior. Also, the precincts are doing a lot of hard work on driver education that doesn’t translate directly into tickets issued. So while we’re tracking progress, we recommend allowing more time before drawing conclusions about cause and effect.

  • chekpeds

    This is a very effective analysis, bravo to the authors…as you said we need time to see changes . Are you using the data sets on the open data portal ?

  • neroden

    Is it possible to analyze this data a different way? For each precinct, compute a ratio of cumulative tickets issued in these four categories divided by cumulative pedestrian/cyclist injuries. Precincts with high injury rates and low numbers of tickets are not doing the right thing; precincts with low injury rates and high ticket rates are quite aggressive. If it turns out that there’s a substantial difference between precincts, this may help figure out which precincts should be congratulated and which are “problem precincts”.

    I guess I could do it myself, but I’m not sure where the dataset is.

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