NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD has ramped up efforts in one community to ticket drivers who fail to give the right of way to pedestrians.
As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, City Councilman Brad Lander heaped praise on the 78 Precinct’s failure to yield sting operation in Park Slope in which plainclothes officers enter crosswalks when they have the walk signal.
“Many drivers unfortunately fail to yield and they quickly make that left turn or right turn through the intersection thinking they’ll make the turn ahead of the pedestrian even though the pedestrian has the right of way,” said Lander. “Usually, drivers do this and they just drive right away. In this case, because that pedestrian was an undercover cop, down the street is another officer.”
That uniformed officer gives the driver an expensive summons, Lamb reported. In a 2-day spree last week, officers handed out 17 summonses, according to the Daily News.
Lander said he believes the crackdown will teach that driver and others to yield.
On Tuesday, police in the Bronx nabbed Jason Henry for failing to yield in a similar sting operation.
As officers approached his car, Henry drove off and the towards the officers. They fired at the suspect’s car.
When Henry came to a stop, officers found 100 oxycodone pills in the car. He faces numerous charges as a result.
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