NYPD Ped Safety Tips: ‘Use a Flashlight If You Walk at Night’ [Updated]

The 78th Precinct in Brooklyn is one NYPD outpost that seems fairly responsive to community concerns about dangerous streets. Deputy Inspector Michael Ameri has a reputation for paying attention to pedestrian and cyclist safety — he was the commanding officer who decided that a guerrilla bike lane on one block of Bergen Street deserved to stay in place.

But this “safety tips for pedestrian” flyer recently spotted near Flatbush Avenue in the 78th is about as unhelpful and tone-deaf as you can get. On an almost daily basis, lately, New Yorkers are getting maimed and killed by reckless drivers who crash into sidewalks. And yet, this public education campaign from NYPD seems to consist primarily of tsking pedestrians and reminding people to carry flashlights and wear bright colors when it’s dark — which, right now, is any time after 4:30 in the afternoon.

nypd-safety-tips

Got it… to “improve the quality of life,” you’ve got to walk around your own neighborhood in constant fear. Great message.

I put in queries with NYPD’s press office and the 78th Precinct community affairs desk to see if these tips came from police headquarters or if they’re just a local initiative. No response yet.

Update: The 78th Precinct’s community affairs desk called back to say that this flyer is boilerplate that came from 1 Police Plaza. NYPD headquarters sent it out, and the local precinct put it up.

According to the city’s 2010 pedestrian safety study, driver error is the main cause of nearly four out of every five serious pedestrian injuries. The 78th Precinct issued zero speeding tickets and three tickets for failure to yield to pedestrians in September [PDF]. We’ve received no reports of flyers posted at gas stations or on windshields, reminding drivers to obey the speed limit, yield to pedestrians, and refrain from driving distracted.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

78th Precinct Targets Drivers Who Fail to Yield to Pedestrians

|
Last week, Police Commissioner Bratton said the 78th Precinct and its commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Michael Ameri, made him “proud of PD” by clearing snow from the Bergen Street bike lane. Here’s something even better: The 78th has amped up enforcement against drivers committing one of the city’s deadliest traffic violations — failing to yield to pedestrians […]

78th Precinct Honors Mike Ameri’s Commitment to Safe Streets

|
The Bergen Street bike lane between Sixth Avenue and Flatbush was unofficially christened the “Inspector Michael Ameri Bike Lane” yesterday in honor of the late commander of NYPD Highway Patrol. Outside the 78th Precinct, police officers, Public Advocate Letitia James, and local residents honored Ameri, who took his own life on May 13, for his commitment to safe streets. Ameri […]

Streetfilms Shorties: NYPD Traffic Agents Wave Drivers Into People

|
Last month we noted that Ray Kelly’s NYPD made a highly visible show of bike enforcement in Prospect Park in response to a pair of crashes where cyclists injured pedestrians. Normally, police don’t react so decisively to locations with high crash rates, but in Prospect Park, the 78th quickly handed out more tickets to cyclists […]