NYPD Ticket Fixing Scandal May Mean "More Carnage On The Streets," Advocates Say

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The ticket fixing scandal and a resulting crackdown by the NYPD has caused an major side effect: police officers are writing fewer tickets, a fact that has transportation advocates concerned that the slowdown will cause "more carnage on the streets."

NYPD Internal Affairs personnel are closely monitoring ticket-writing by officers to the point where they are actually observing traffic court proceedings, and handing out 10 day suspensions to officers who fail to properly fill out the summonses.

The response from the rank-and-file has been to turn more conservative about the tickets they do write to the tune of 7,000 fewer summons through the last week of July compared to last year, costing the city more than $1 million.

"This is more than a matter of dollars and cents; this is a matter of life and death," said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. "When officers don't enforce the law, it gives drivers the clear signal to flaunt it. Whether it's speeding,
red light running or double parking, these violations make roads more dangerous, and we're sure to see more carnage on the streets. This foolishness between rank and file officers and the top cops is putting people in harm's way."


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woodstock69
woodstock69

As long as i've been around, courtesy is shown on the street. If you meant to let 'em go, don't write. Once you write that's it! The decision not to write is discretionary. 

Lou Gossett
Lou Gossett

I can't blame the cops for not writing.  Why would I risk 2 weeks of my vacation time just for making a clerical error on a summons? No thanks. My vacation time would be more important to me than whether the city is losing money or not.

Anthony Ortenzi
Anthony Ortenzi

Sorry, but it's their job.  There are consequences to real people of their screw-ups.  Insisting that people exercise diligence when reporting a violation shouldn't be expecting too much from the people we empower to carry guns and make life-affecting decisions for others.

It's really not too much to ask that if they don't do their jobs properly, that they're penalized.  After all, if they don't do their jobs properly, everyone else is penalized.

Nin
Nin

Anthony, you wouldn't last one day on the job. Until you spend some time in their shoes, shut your mouth.

Notaphysicist
Notaphysicist

wrong, it's always dollars and cents, otherwise you would be busting every other motorist, and you would swarm the streets until people conformed

Tomthebomb
Tomthebomb

The word on the street is that cops are "afraid" to write tickets because if they have the slightest error in writing them or in their court testimony, then that is perceived as "trying to shitcan a summons" and then they are automatically penalized with a loss of 10 vacation days. The less summonses you write the less testimonies you have to give in court. Only major violations are addressed and minor ones are given discretion where in the past they have been given tickets.

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