NYPD begins borough-wide jaywalking crackdown in tandem with Mayor DeBlasio’s Vision Zero push

Cops: Don’t walk, seriously

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Brooklyn cops are taking Mayor DeBlasio’s pledge to make the roads safer to heart — by ticketing jaywalkers.

Police handed out 97 jaywalking tickets in the borough during the first two months of this year, which is nearly five times the amount they gave out during the same period in 2013. The crackdown on pedestrians who cross against the light comes as the mayor is pushing his so-called “Vision Zero” package of car-slowing measures, aimed at reducing traffic deaths to zero by 2024, and officers in Park Slope are ramping up reckless-driving enforcement. In Greenpoint, officers have been staking out an intersection on McGuiness Boulevard where 32-year-old pedestrian Nicole Detweiller was killed by drivers in December, the blog Greenpointers reported, only instead of ticketing motorists for failure to yield as their counterparts in Park Slope have done, these cops reportedly targeted scofflaw walkers, which one resident says is ridiculous.

“It is the cars who are killing people, so why are the cops picking on the people who are walking?” asked Kristen Abate, who was strolling along McGuinness Boulevard on Monday. “Cops never focus on the drivers.”

Detweiller died when she stepped off into the crosswalk at the corner of McGuinness and Nassau Avenue and was hit twice, first by the driver of a BMW car, then by the motorist behind the wheel of a box truck, according to cops.

At the time, Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D–Greenpoint) called for the installation of red-light cameras, speed cameras, and physical measures to slow drivers. But one road safety activist and political insider said any action to restore law and order to the mean streets of Brooklyn is welcome.

“I think it’s a good level of police reaction,” said John Beadle, a member of the Kings County Democratic Committee, explaining that the presence of cops at crosswalks will motivate both drivers and pedestrians to follow the rules. “It is a win-win that tickets are being written to jaywalkers to increase safety and it a potential to slow down the traffic and make everyone think a bit more.”

Officers were also spotted staking out an intersection on Downtown’s Jay Street on March 7.

The tickets have not halted the automotive carnage just yet. On Sunday, 47-year-old Jorge Rios died when he drove his 2001 Suzuki motorcycle into the side of a 2007 Lexus sedan, according to police.

An NYPD spokeswoman declined to say why the department has begun the borough-wide ticketing blitz.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Williamsburg says:
At tonight's Community Board 1 meeting, the DOT and the NYPD are going to "various topics." Maybe they'll talk about why they're targeting pedestrians and why Park Slope gets better police than Greenpoint.
March 11, 2014, 7:38 am
bleepbloop from Brooklyn says:
This is a City Planning infrastructural problem, not a human behavior problem.
March 11, 2014, 7:52 am
Liz from Clinton Hill says:
I have been driving for the past 6 years due to work and now see the other side of the argument. I am stunned how pedestrians and bicyclists do not pay attention, take risks and are just plain rude. I am not advocating for drivers/cars...I am bewildered how many drivers get away with poor and dangerous driving skills, but there is so much bike & pedestrian traffic now in the city that accidents are bound to happen if you don't play by the rules. Ticket anyone who causes potential harm...I hope it works!
March 11, 2014, 9:03 am
Michael from Bay Ridge says:
I guess this is the new mayor's way of fund-raising for all the promises he made but can't pay for.
March 11, 2014, 9:04 am
Bike Lobby Thatswhy from Bklyn says:
Put the puzzle pieces together, the 'bike lobby' now influences/runs DOT and City Hall - and they don't want any cars or people in the bike lanes. Vision Zero is a cycling initiative, globally - google it. This is about clearing the streets for cycling - and not a comprehensive program.
March 11, 2014, 9:14 am
AuntBike from Cobble Hill says:
Bike Lobby Thatsway, you 've got one thing right..."they don't want any cars or people in the bike lanes".

This sounds pretty reasonable, not too clear on how that translates into clearing the streets.
March 11, 2014, 9:37 am
bleepbloop from brooklyn says:
And why can't the mayor afford to remedy the problems? Where has the money gone?
March 11, 2014, 9:49 am
Scott from Park Slope says:
Mike in Williamsburg, the reason Park Slope is seeing an uptick in policing of dangerous drivers is because the 78th precinct commander Ameri attended a standing-room only community meeting organized by Brad Lander after a 12-year old boy was killed on PPW last fall by a van when he had the light and was in a crosswalk. Ameri pledged to do something about it and he has been true to his word. There is also intense community interest in breaking the epidemic of reckless driving. So if Greenpoint and Williamsburg aren't getting similar action from their precincts, you need to organize and pressure your council members and precinct commanders and be relentless. Develop relationships with the neighborhood media so everytime the commanders and council members tell you to take a hike, you put another unflattering piece about them on the front page. That said, it's a lot easier here in Park Slope with so many parents with young kids, but I don't doubt the residents of your neighborhoods can make it happen too.
March 11, 2014, 11 am
diehipster from Crushing Calebs says:
Let me put it to you this way. Nice and simple. If I ever get a Jay walking ticket, rest assured that that same night I will cover as many blocks I can in hipster infested neighborhoods and slash as many bike tires and cut as many bike brake lines as I possibly can to all those illegally chained Schwinns.

March 11, 2014, 11:34 am
NYPD from NY says:
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March 11, 2014, 11:42 am
ty from pps says:
What do jaywalking tickets have to do with hipsters and bicycles? Or is diehipster just having (another) "episode"?
March 11, 2014, 12:55 pm
Charles from PS says:
Current vehicle infractions of the law are a much greater problem than jaywalking. This is a waste of effort by the NYPD. Reckless driving is the core of the issue to resolve. I see vehicles run red lights every day.
March 11, 2014, 1:06 pm
Mustache Pete from downtown Bklyn says:
diehipster is a wannabee nihilist ass who hides behind a keyboard
March 11, 2014, 1:17 pm
ty from pps says:
Wannabe nihilist... I think you're right Mustache Pete. But doesn't that sound very hipster. I guess self-loathing wannabe nihilist hipster is a better description for Mr. Diehipster.
March 11, 2014, 2:03 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Just to let everyone know, cracking down on jaywalking is done just about everywhere else in both the country and the world, so this isn't anything special. I could never understand why the anti-car crowd is crying foul to this. Why is it wrong to wait for the walk signal? Are you in a hurry to get somewhere? How about just taking extra time before you somewhere so time won't be an issue? Seeing that some are bring up cars, shows how much they like the dodge the entire issue, and those acting defensive probably condone such actions like jaywalking hence the attitude.
March 11, 2014, 5:39 pm
diehipster from Crushing Calebs says:
Of course it's related. Bike lanes and laws have led to Jay walking tickets to normal Brooklynites who just want to cross a street on their terms. I know how to ride a bike without lanes and cross a street without supervision.

You no-life experience yups and hips have trouble with simple city life. It's that simple but you make it so complicated.

March 11, 2014, 7:01 pm
NYPD from NY says:
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March 11, 2014, 8:19 pm
jay from nyc says:
I am happy when laws are enforced, ticket the jaywalkers, ticket the double parkers (including the police) and ticket the cyclists, and if diehipster slashes bike tires, place him prison.
March 11, 2014, 8:58 pm
diehipster from living with 'rents says:
Sorry guys, my meds weren't kicking in yet - probably because mom made meatloaf again!! I told that hipster —— I DON'T LIKE MEATLOAF!

I wish I had a bike like Billy's. I get so mad you don't even know…
ay walking is fine, but on McGuiness it's like a highway - don't do it there.

Peace out y'all!
March 12, 2014, 9:39 am
Scott from park slope says:
I don't know quite how to feel about this. On the one hand you have the innocuous, pervasive jaywalking everyone does. On the other you have the aggressive, semi-suicidal jaywalking on large, fast, high volume streets like Eastern Parkway or 125th street in Manhattan where people blithely wade out into speeding cars without even looking. I've seen mothers with small children do it and considered calling protective services on them. Yes the citywide speed limit must be lowered to 20mph and reckless drivers need to lose their licenses. protected bike lane networks should be expanded. but aggressive jaywalking could stand to be curbed.
March 12, 2014, 1:27 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
Jaywalking tickets should only be given to people who walk out in front of traffic and expect them to stop or slow for them. Jaywalking when it is safe to do so should not get a ticket. But, these are NYPD cops we are talking about, so don't expect any common sense.
I have seen some pretty stupid bicyclist. I also saw a bicyclist (hipster) yell at a Chinese delivery guy for going the wrong way in the bike lane. I yelled at the yeller to come back and I picked up a piece of board on the sidewalk with which to smash the arrogant ——'s face in, but the hipster just kept on going.
Dihipster has it right, if it gets crazy those bicycles are left out over night.
March 12, 2014, 4 pm
ty from pps says:
What exactly is wrong with yelling at someone for riding the wrong way in a bike lane!!?? You wouldn't have a problem if someone was driving the wrong way down the street?!

What's the problem? You can just drive around, right?
March 12, 2014, 5:01 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, please ask me how many motorists have you seen driving the wrong way on a one way street or even on the wrong side of a two way street compared to the number of cyclists that are probably doing this all the time?
March 12, 2014, 6:21 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- First, are you stupid? Second, since I know you are, did you even read Matt's stupid comment or understand my response to him? (Clearly, you didn't.)
March 12, 2014, 6:57 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I did read what Matt wrote, and I do agree with him. Jaywalkers and rogue cyclists should be held accountable for their actions. Of course, you can never seem to take criticism, just dish it only. In reality, calling someone stupid is not just downright insulting, but also shows how much of a coward you really are let alone probably known to act like a little kid, which does make me question true age here.
March 13, 2014, 6:21 pm
Ist van .... from Greenpoint says:
It is pretty obvious the cops have increased ticketing of drivers AND jaywalkers at this intersection of Nassau and McGuinness. I have heard a lot of bike riders say they get ticketed as well. There was once a time when no one in NYC wore their seat belts because they never got tickets for it. Now most drivers do wear their seat belts. Not too long ago bikers started getting tickets and now more of them abide by the rules, although there's a long way to go. Now is the time for jaywalkers. It needs to be done.
March 14, 2014, 12:38 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- you idiot. Matt said he OBJECTED to the person yelling at the delivery man riding the wrong way. You agree with that?! You think it's fine for cyclists to ride the wrong way down the street?
March 15, 2014, 10:01 am
King ron from Rosedale, queens says:
Got a ticket for jaywalking, but kids can play basketball in the streets and police does nothing to stop it. Isn't it the same?
June 10, 2014, 7:40 pm

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