The Police Department announced a new ticket blitz against speeders and other reckless drivers Monday, the third such effort this year.
The crackdown is targeting the “most problematic intersections around the city” and is running 24 hours a day through July 6, the NYPD said in announcing it.
“Enforcement will focus on hazardous driving behaviors such as speeding, passing through red lights, driving while using a cellphone, driving while texting, making improper turns, disobeying traffic signs, and failing to yield to pedestrians,” a police statement said. “The NYPD strongly encourages safe driving and urges the public to use caution, to slow down and to be patient while driving on City streets.”
Some reports said Queens Boulevard, known as the “Boulevard of Death” due to its large share of pedestrian fatalities, is a targeted area, but that could not immediately be confirmed.
Police launched two similar crackdowns earlier this spring, one on May 13 and 16 and one May 26 through June 1. The latest, in effect for three weeks, is also the longest.
The efforts correspond with Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative, in which he hopes to eliminate all pedestrian deaths from vehicular accidents over 10 years. The City Council recently passed a series of bills intended to enhance traffic safety, including one asking that the city’s default speed limit be reduced from 30 to 25 mph. A measure that would allow that is pending in the state Legislature, which is set to wrap up its session at the end of this week.
The city hopes to make it easier for property owners and industry professionals to understand the building code and zoning laws with a new online tool it created earlier this month.
Called “Code Notes,” the guide is a collection of the various rules in 15 areas, including the construction of new one- and two-family homes, detached garages, energy code requirements and scaffolding. They are designed to collect all the requirements for permitting from different city agencies in one place. The Department of Buildings says it intends to expand beyond the initial 15 subjects later.
“The construction industry, the public and our city government will all benefit from making construction and design standards more accessible and easier to understand,” Acting DOB Commissioner Thomas Fariello said in a prepared statement. The Code Notes are posted at nyc.gov/buildings.
‘Rob who?’ NYers ask in boost to governor
Rob Astorino, the Westchester county executive and Republican challenger to Gov. Cuomo, remains far behind in the latest survey of voters — two-thirds of whom don’t even know who he is, according to Siena College.
The latest Siena poll, announced Monday, has Cuomo, a Democrat, leading Astorino 57 to 21 percent.
In a prepared statement announcing the results, Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said, “There are five months till Election Day. No race is over in June. This is a snapshot of all registered voters, not just those likely to vote in November. All true. But true too are two other facts: Astorino has a huge gap to close, and it’s hard to beat a popular incumbent when you face a two-to-one party disadvantage and you are unknown to two-thirds of voters, including 70 percent of your own party.”
The full results are online at siena.edu.
Astorino is to visit Queens June 30, for a Queens Village Republican Club meeting.
Several members of the City Council, including Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale), as well as Public Advocate Letitia James, recently called on the de Blasio administration to hire 500 more civilian workers at the Police Department so officers doing work other than law enforcement could be put out on the street. They say more than 700 NYPD officers were doing administrative and civilian jobs at the end of last year.