Community Board 7 wants cops from the 72nd Precinct to do the kind of crosswalk stings the 78th did in January

Panel calls for car crackdown in Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace

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Call it cop envy.

A local panel in Sunset Park and Windsor Terrace wants the neighborhood fuzz to follow in the footsteps of Park Slope cops who conducted sting operations on reckless drivers.

“Everybody deserves to cross the street safely,” said Community Board 7 district manager Jeremy Laufer. “Perhaps it’s time to reallocate resources to other issues.”

The board pointed to Fourth Avenue between 15th and 65th streets, as well as Third Avenue, as lawless hot-spots for reckless driving in a letter penned to the commanding officer of the 72nd Precinct last week. The missive emphasized that drivers across the district — including in Windsor Terrace and Greenwood Heights — need to be slowed. The panel plans to request more crossing guards from the city, but says cops need to do their part to squeeze lead-foots who fail to yield and fly down thoroughfares near schools and senior centers, according to Laufer.

“Something like failure to yield to pedestrians is a district-wide issue,” he said. “But there are other enforcement activities we feel should take place.”

The area’s 72nd Precinct issued only 178 failure-to-yield summonses to drivers throughout 2013, according to city data. Undercover cops hailing from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct, which gave out 96 of the tickets in 2013, handed out 16 over two days in January as part of Mayor DeBlasio’s road safety agenda. The sting operation, in which covert cops posed as pedestrians while others laid in wait nearby, pouncing on drivers who could not be bothered to take their feet off the gas, was praised by Slope road safety activists — and apparently coveted by their neighbors.

“We are not going to tell [the 72nd Precinct] how to go about it, but we would like to see an increased focus on those types of issues,” Laufer said.

The 72nd Precinct has long been using unmarked cars to target reckless drivers, a spokesman said.

“We have been doing it for years even before this plan that the mayor came out with,” community affairs officer Dean Hanan said. “Thank god we’re kind of ahead of the game with that.”

The majority of pedestrians struck by drivers within the 72nd Precinct are Asian American, according to Hanan.

“It is what it is and we want to focus on that population,” he said.

The precinct hopes to roll out an education program to teach people the rules of the road, Hanan said.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this story erroneously stated that the 72nd Precinct plans to develop an education program specifically for Asian people.
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Huh? from Brooklyn says:
The majority of pedestrians struck by drivers in this precinct are Asian because there's a huge Asian population there. It's not because they're especially ignorant of the "rules of the road" or the fact that standing in front of a 6 ton vehicle is not a good idea.

I'm not sure if this casual racism is the precinct's intent or the result of the Brooklyn Paper's generally sloppy writing, but the sentiment seems very misguided.

What race are the drivers who are doing the hitting? And what is being done to educate them?
Feb. 14, 2014, 10:15 am
358 Hemi from BK says:

It's freakin' Brooklyn, not Mayberry RFD!

Undercovers should be out busting gangbangers and pushers, not drivers!
Feb. 14, 2014, 11:14 am
Me from Bay Ridge says:
What happened to my comment? Too truthful?
Feb. 14, 2014, 11:15 am
ty from pps says:
Mr. 358 -- I am assuming you know the statistics for injuries and deaths by drivers? Compared to injuries and deaths caused by gangbangers and pushers. Ya know, I wouldn't want to think you were basing your comment on bad information.
Feb. 14, 2014, 1:09 pm
ty from pps says:
Here's a refresher for you.

In the MONTH of December 2013, according to the NYPD statistics, there were 17,260 motor vehicle collisions -- that 575 per day!

These resulted in 8 dead motorists and 17 dead pedestrians. In one month.

These collisions also resulted in 4,277 serious injuries of motorists, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians. In one month.

Oh and November's numbers... were even HIGHER. 17,749 motor vehicle collisions resulting in 35 dead people and 4,692 injuries. Again, in ONE MONTH.

The "Death by Driver" rate EXCEEDED the city's murder rate last year.
Feb. 14, 2014, 1:17 pm
Samantha Davis from Park Slope says:
I'm sorry, but I'm not buying the notion that drivers are courteous, compassionate. considerate, law-abiding people and pedestrians are suicidal maniacs (Asians or others!). The actual evidence and my personal observations indicate the opposite is true. NYPD does not enforce the 30 MPH speed limit (they have their own higher speed limit that must have decided on without any public process). The efforts of citizens and legislators and the millions spent in the process of passing laws to make streets safer is all wasted when our law enforcement does not do their job.
Feb. 14, 2014, 2:11 pm
Joe from Sunset Park says:
No Samantha Davis Drivers are not compassionate, but do you even live in NYC? Take a walk over to sunset park particularly 8 ave. The Crosswalks are for people who don't use them and cross in hoards wherever they feel like it. No one yields, drivers or pedestrians. When you have hundreds of people crossing whenever or whenever they feel like it not following crosswalk signals you are going to have people getting hit no matter if drivers are going speed limit or not. It's like a game of frogger on 8 ave and the big problem is not cars it's people and don't even get me started on bicycles. And if you drive like me and have been pulled over as much as myself by NYPD then you will realize that they are out there ticketing. More pedestrians need to be ticketed if you ask me NYPD needs to step up jaywalking tix
Feb. 14, 2014, 6:06 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
They yield to no one. I said it earlier and it was taken off.
Feb. 14, 2014, 8 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Stings should only be used for catching gang members and real crooks. There is already a group of police officers for going after reckless drivers, and that is the traffic enforcement. Why on earth should sting operations be going after reckless drivers when gang members are more essential to them? Seriously, if reckless drivers really do need to be cracked down on, what about the pedestrians and cyclists that are constantly flouting the laws? I have always found it ironic that they want us motorists to follow every letter of the law, but at the same time, they act as if they are immune to them and cry foul when the enforcement is on them. If you really want safety, then start with yourselves before you go to others.
Feb. 14, 2014, 8:22 pm
old-time brooklyn from slope says:
Joe from sp - spot on
Feb. 15, 2014, 9:06 am
ty from pps says:
Joe... I drive all the time in Brooklyn and have NEVER been pulled over. And I've never had an issue with the pedestrian "hoards."

Do you really think "And if you drive like me and have been pulled over as much as myself by NYPD then you will realize that they are out there ticketing." suggests the problem is someone else?!?!

No, Joe. It's you.
Feb. 15, 2014, 11:46 am
ty from pps says:
"No one yields, drivers or pedestrians."

Guess who in that scenario needs to suck it up and yield/stop/wait? You, Joe. Calm the f*^k down and wait. I'd also suggest using your brakes instead of your horn.
Feb. 15, 2014, 11:50 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
For the record, I follow more rules when driving than does everyone else here when either walking or riding a bicycle combined.
Feb. 15, 2014, 4:07 pm
Jim from South Brooklyn says:
Tal Bar don't worry the "stings" are not taking the officers responsible for drug busts and catching murders off there assignments... The officers conducting these enforcement efforts will be the same officers already ticketing motorists. When the NYPD says they are going to start these enforcements don't think that they are taking the cops away from the major crimes. The real crooks are still being caught, none of that changes. The traffic enforcement cops are just going to step up their measures already in place.

Plus TY from pps, take a ride to 8 ave and 60 street on a Saturday afternoon I dare you not to call what you see a "hoard" of humans crossing the intersections. there are more people living in illegal SROS in that area then normal. More people living there equals more pedestrians it's common sense. You don't have the same problem in Pps trust me I'm your neighbor. So guess what more people more pedestrian involved traffic accidents... What is so hard about understanding that ? I agree bicyclists need to be ticketed more but I also think these bike lanes are on all the wrong streets.
Feb. 16, 2014, 12:17 pm
jay from nyc says:
drivers in Windsor terrace plain suck, and the 72 could write 90 tickets on one day
Feb. 16, 2014, 3:04 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Jim, I will only support this operation if it extends to pedestrians and cyclists that don't follow the rules as well, otherwise this is nothing but selective punishment.
Feb. 16, 2014, 4:05 pm
ty from pps says:
Jim --
So, the "hoard" of pedestrians make your life difficult... sorry, buddy. Oh so sorry. Again, use your brakes and calm the F down. The pedestrians have the right of way... even if you miss your green light.

And I'm sorry bike lanes are on the streets that people use to go places... Why do drivers in cars use those same streets? Perhaps it's because those are the streets they need to go? How are cyclists different? (That was rhetorical -- I don't care about your dumb opinion... ya know, unless you can mix in some more thinly veiled racism.)

I hope you get your license suspended.
Feb. 16, 2014, 4:34 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
He is correct about the illegal SRO's,and they are coming to Bay Ridge now.
Feb. 16, 2014, 5:14 pm
Donna J from BR says:
TY I don't think Jim had one racist thing to say. What he stated was as close to truth as I can see here. His more people more accidents comment was true. ME I am in bayridge and too see these SROS popping up everywhere.

No one crosses where they supposed to. And to copy what others said above having more people like in Times Square or 8 ave in sunset park cross wherever they want is just plain not safe and will unfortunately lead to more pedestrians being hit. I am guilty of it myself. I know I would enjoy being ticketed for jaywalking but what else can be done to curve the dangerous pattern of crossing wherever on whenever you want? Pedestrians bicyclists and drivers all should be treated same and thus punished the same.
Feb. 16, 2014, 5:46 pm

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