Eyes on the Street: Time for Automated Turn Ban Enforcement in Inwood?

Drivers make illegal left turns from Broadway onto Dyckman Street and Riverside Drive. The truck is a Parks Department vehicle. Photo: Brad Aaron
Drivers make illegal left turns from northbound Broadway onto Dyckman Street and Riverside Drive in Inwood. The truck is a Parks Department vehicle. Photo: Brad Aaron

Motorists are ignoring new turn restrictions intended to keep pedestrians safe at a revamped Broadway intersection in Inwood.

Over the summer, DOT added pedestrian space and implemented turn prohibitions where Broadway meets Dyckman Street and Riverside Drive, a five-spoked intersection that sees a lot of crashes. The four left turn bans are meant to keep motorists from approaching crosswalks from different directions at once, but months after the signs went up, compliance is still uneven.

I saw a half-dozen or so drivers violate turn restrictions during a 20-minute span Monday afternoon. With one motorist making a prohibited turn every three to four minutes, continuing to put pedestrians at risk, it seems an engineering or enforcement solution is in order.

We’ve asked DOT about potential remedies. On the enforcement side, as of July the 34th Precinct had issued 320 summonses for improper turns in 2014. Standing on the corner of Broadway and Dyckman in the afternoon heat, with motorists flouting the law left and right, the only NYPD presence I observed was a pair of officers from the precinct who cruised through the intersection in a radio car with the windows up.

Update: From DOT: “DOT will work with NYPD on enforcement at the intersection.”

  • Max Power

    Oh, come on. It’s only cyclists who are scofflaws. When motorists routinely violate a traffic regulation, it’s because the traffic regulation is wrong.

  • Matthias

    Perhaps that vast expanse of asphalt could be turned into a roundabout. Safer for everyone, and no turn restrictions.

  • Matthew

    I wonder why DOT wasn’t already working with NYPD on enforcement at the intersection before now.

  • nycbikecommuter

    Yup. What, no crackdown?

  • chekpeds

    talking about NYPD enforcing wrong turns: in hell’s Kitchen there is a new “no turn sign” and an agent is posted there to enforce it. Except the agent does NOT enforce the no turn, because ” it is too dangerous, they run on my shoes” .. we have a long way to go..

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