Traffic tickets issued by NYPD plummet, speeding remained the same: report

Kimberly Dole
August 10, 2020 - 10:19 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The amount of moving violations handed out by officers has decreased significantly over the past few months despite the amount of drivers caught speeding remained the same, according to a report from the New York Post.

There were 5,039 traffic tickets issued during the third week of July, a 74 percent decline from the 20,762 that were handed out during the third week of February by police, the report adds.

It’s also less than the 19,126 tickets that handed out during the third week of July in 2019, according to NYPD stats.

The drop in ticketing began after the coronavirus pandemic hit the city was forced to shut down.

Only 12,672 tickets were issued during the third week of March, a 36 percent decrease from the previous year.

In April, just 3,632 tickets were given during the third week of April, a 79 percent decline from the year prior.

Although there was a significant uptick in ticketing in June, the number was still but a fraction of the norm.

In mid-July, the Traffic Congestion Mitigation department was disbanded, citing it had become "redundant."

Its 114 cops were reassigned to help curb the surge in gun violence.

"Many NYPD resources were deployed to assignments around ongoing demonstrations during the months of June and July," a police spokeswoman said, adding that as of Monday, speeding tickets were down by roughly 10,000 for the year. "Police are still enforcing speeding violations."