Turnoff! Police officer makes illegal turn on Flatbush Avenue

Turnoff! Police officer makes illegal turn on Flatbush Avenue
Community Newspaper Group

This NYPD school safety officer needs to go back to driver’s ed.

The cop behind the wheel of a law-enforcement vehicle van in Prospect Heights blatantly ignored a sign forbidding left turns on Flatbush Avenue and veered across oncoming traffic onto Park Place around 1:30 pm on Thursday.

The van did not have its flashing lights or siren activated, according to our ace photographer, who caught the hair-raising turn on camera.

Drivers who want to turn onto Park Place while heading toward Prospect Park on the busy thoroughfare are supposed to make a right up at Sterling Place, another right at Seventh Avenue, and a third and final right onto Park.

The neighborhood’s police precinct has undertaken a series of high-profile road-safety initiatives this year, including cracking down on unlicensed dollar vans and on drivers double-parking in bike lanes and failing to yield to pedestrians.

The police department did not respond to a request for comment.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at [email protected] or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.