Thursday, August 28, 2014

NYC may begin emailing you parking tickets

A bill was introduced at last week's City Council meeting that would send drivers an email when they receive a parking ticket, in addition to the ticket being left on the vehicle.  According to NYC Councilmember Helen Rosenthal, the email would be intended as both a reminder to pay the ticket, and be an opportunity to emphasize safety.
The email program would be voluntary, with details to follow.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Albany gives a green light to NYC 25 mph speed limit

Courtesy of Wikipedia

According to the WSJ, the New York State legislature has passed a bill that would allow NYC to lower its default speed limit from 30 to 25 miles per hour.  Governor Cuomo is expected to sign the legislation, which is part of Mayor de Blasio's Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic deaths.

Mr. de Blasio said, “This is a huge step forward as we work to save lives and make our streets safer. Reducing speeding is a critical element of our Vision Zero initiative, and we applaud the State Legislature for empowering New York City to lower speed limits and better protect our people.”

What do you think of the speed limit reduction?  

Thursday, June 19, 2014

NYPD: 3 week traffic crackdown starts Monday

Courtesy of Wikipedia

According to CBS News, the NYPD's latest traffic enforcement program starts Monday and ends July 6. Police will be paying special attention to speeding, driving with a cellphone, improper turns, ignoring traffic signs, and failing to yield to pedestrians.  This initiative is the latest in Mayor de Blasio's Vision Zero program with works to reduce traffic and pedestrian deaths.  

Friday, June 6, 2014

Update: NYC addresses fire hydrant that generates $33k in parking tickets

Courtesy of the NY Post

A few weeks ago, a fire hydrant in NYC made the news for being the most lucrative in the city, earning $33,000 last year in parking tickets.  According to local residents, the ambiguous marking and placement of the hydrant fooled drivers into believing it was a legal parking spot.  The hydrant was placed several feet back from the curb due to a curb extension, but many erroneously believed the curb extension was a bike lane. 

According to Gizmodo, after all the attention the hydrant received on social media, the city addressed the problem and repainted the block to make it clear cars cannot park there. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

NYC issues 5000 tickets in 48 hours to distracted drivers

Courtesy of NewsOne New York
According to CBS New York, NYPD officers issued 5,258 tickets during a 48 hour distracted driving crackdown last week.  Tickets were issued for failure to yield to pedestrians, using a cell phone while driving, and texting while driving.  The ticket blitz was part of Mayor de Blasio's Vision Zero program, which works to eliminate traffic fatalities.  Pedestrian deaths are down 30 percent so far this year, according to the NYPD.
This week, another 48 hour driver crackdown will occur on Tuesday and Wednesday, this time for speeding.  Speeding tickets range from $90 to $600 and can fetch between three and eleven driver's license penalty points. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

NYC DOT removes old parking meters from Sunnyside

Courtesy of Sunnyside Post
According to Sunnyside Post, the DOT has started removing the old coin operated parking meters from Sunnyside, now that the area is outfitted with muni-meters.  Workers were seen cutting meters off at the base, and told Sunnyside that the crews would be working on the project for the next 1-2 weeks. 
Muni-meters were first introduced to the Queens neighborhood in early 2013.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NYC Parking tickets reveal trends on out of state drivers

According to the New York Post, an analysis performed by Pratt professor Ben Wellington, shows which neighborhoods out-of-state drivers are spending their time.  Between August 2013 and March 2014, out-of-state drivers received 23.4% of all parking tickets.  Wellington found that:
  • California plates were most likely to be ticketed in trendy Brooklyn neighborhoods, such as Greenpoint and Bushwick
  • Plates from southern states are more likely to be ticketed in Brooklyn neighborhoods, such as East Flatbush, Brownsville, and East New York
  • Connecticut drivers are most likely ticketed in the Bronx
  • Massachusetts drivers are most likely to be ticketed on the Upper West Side
  • New Jersey drivers are most likely to be ticketed in Midtown Manhattan
While there are patterns to where out-of-towners are being ticketed, Wellington says any patterns "must be taken with a grain of salt," because some drivers live in one state, but register their cars in other states.  "Even with open questions like this, data of this sort could be used by the city to track things like tourism, relocation and possibly fraud," he said.
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