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Transportation Alternatives today released a troubling report on the state of local traffic enforcement, and called on Mayor Bloomberg to establish a new office tasked with reining in dangerous drivers and reducing fatalities and injuries on city streets.

“Executive Order: A Mayoral Strategy for Traffic Safety” [PDF], compiled from official data along with testimony from experts on traffic enforcement and public health, reveals that while deaths caused by reckless drivers are up, citations issued for moving violations are declining.

Among the report’s findings:

  • A driver could speed every day in NYC and get ticketed only once every 35 years.
  • While the number of traffic fatalities caused by speeding rose 11 percent between 2001 and 2006, the number of summonses issued for speeding dropped 22 percent during that period.
  • Police and enforcement cameras combined catch only 1 out of every 438 red light runners.
  • A driver could fail to yield (the number two cause of crashes in NYC) every single day and get ticketed only once every 1,589 years.
  • While the number of traffic fatalities caused by drivers failing to yield rose 26 percent between 2005 and 2007, the number of summonses issued for failing to yield decreased 12 percent during that period.
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