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Does the Box Blocking Crackdown Ignore Crosswalk Violations?

11:24 AM EDT on September 11, 2008

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Manhattan Community Board 2's Ian Dutton sends along this shot of a motorist about to be ticketed for blocking the box on Broome Street at W. Broadway in SoHo. Yesterday, police and traffic agents stepped up enforcement of what is a normally ignored traffic regulation. However, writes Ian:

Note that blocking the box only applies to getting in the way of other cars, not blocking the crosswalk making it dangerous for pedestrians.

Commenter ddartley elaborates:

The bigger problem is blocking pedestrian crosswalks. It's a biggerproblem because it happens more often, it affects more people(pedestrians outnumber motorists), and the risks of harm are fargreater than mere car-obstructing (peds are forced to walk out intomoving traffic every minute of ever day all around town). Nevertheless, the new law, while great, only deals specifically withcars in the middle of the intersection. It does not define pedcrosswalks as part of "the box," so I wonder if TEAs are now ticketingcars blocking crosswalks.

Anyone else who witnessed yesterday's action notice whether agents were also ticketing for crosswalk violations?

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