New York City: Jaywalking Tickets Up by 800 Percent

Watch Your Step: Jaywalking Tickets Up by 800 Percent (The New York Observer, Feb 19, 2014):

He really wants you to walk his way.Jaywalking tickets are up nearly 800 percent compared to last year, thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan. The plan, which aims to reduce traffic deaths to “literally zero,” was supposed to focus on motorists, not pedestrians.Yet, a New York Times article reports that 215 jaywalking tickets have been issued to pedestrians and cyclists through Feb. 9, compared to just 27 during the same period last year.

At the same time, the number of tickets for moving violations has remained stagnant. During the same time period last year, 91,043 summons were issued. This year, there were 90,945 tickets doled out, according to The Times.

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