City Council Transportation Committee
May 11, 1993
QUESTIONS FOR THE NYPD
1. Since motor vehicles annually kill about 300 pedestrians and bicyclists on New York City streets, and collide with about 17,000, why is so much of the police enforcement effort directed to highways? 80% to 90 % of speeding and reckless driving summonses are given on highways instead of city streets.
2. Why is it customary for NYPD Patrol or Highway Units to "look-up" a driver's license only when that driver is involved in an injury-causing accident, or stopped for an especially serious violation? In Philadelphia, the policy is for police to "look-up" a driver's record no matter what the infraction. As in NYC, most Philadelphia Police do not have computers in their cars, and rely on dispatchers.
3. Why doesn't the NYPD have dispatchers dedicated solely to traffic "look-ups" who could free 911 operators from that task?
4. Why are there no plans to dedicate more dedicated traffic enforcement units, equipped with radar to city streets?
5. How many units dedicated to traffic enforcement does the NYPD have on city streets at any given time? How many of these are on streets other than the Grand Concourse, Queens Boulevard or Eastern Parkway?
QUESTIONS FOR THE NYC DOT
1. Why are traffic lights timed to speed traffic instead of manage and control it? In a May 7 New York Newsday article, Joe Deplasco of the NYC DoT notes that light timing allows motorists to drive 20 mph over the speed limit.
2. Why are there so few 30 mph speed limit signs in place on fast streets like 1st Avenue in Manhattan, or Queens Boulevard in Queens? Are there any speed limit signs on 1st Avenue, for example?