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Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O'Neill announcing Vision Zero enforcement efforts last fall. Photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office

There’s a Better Way to Assess the Effect of Traffic Enforcement Than Counting Tickets

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NYPD has increased tickets for speeding and texting while driving 50 percent so far in 2017 compared to the same period last year, Commissioner James O’Neill testified at a City Council budget hearing last week. Speeding and distracted driving are two of the most common factors in fatal and injurious crashes in NYC, so it stands to reason that this shift in enforcement is reducing the incidence of dangerous driving. But there's no way to actually tell if those summonses are changing driver behavior.
A motorist, in the white SUV at right, waits to make the same turn taken by the driver who killed Jenna Daniels. Image: Google Maps

NYPD Ignores Streetsblog FOIL for Crash Report on Death of 15-Year-Old Jenna Daniels

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NYPD has not responded to a Streetsblog freedom of information request for files related to a crash that killed a teenage jogger in Staten Island. Jenna Daniels, 15, was struck on the afternoon of November 15, 2014, by the driver of a pickup truck making a left turn from Hylan Boulevard onto Bayview Avenue in Prince’s Bay. NYPD never revealed the identity of the driver, and would not disclose how he was penalized for failing to exercise due care.