“There’s going to be a greater emphasis in this precinct, and all other precincts, on writing the summonses that will impact more on protecting pedestrians,” said 104th Precinct Captain Christopher Manson.
Manson said they have compiled a list of intersections, however it is still too soon to know which ones will get the heaviest focus as part of the new initiative.
“We look at where people are getting hit by cars and having bad accidents, and then immediately attack the problems at that intersection,” he said. “It is fixed by tackling the three E’s: engineering, enforcement and education.
He added that the summonses for red-light violations, speeding, improper turns, failure to yield to pedestrians and DWI would be at the forefront in the precinct under the new plan.
While Manson said he does not have more officers on patrol, he added, “All officers do very well.”
According to Manson, the 104th Precinct has reported 587 accidents so far this year versus 547 last year (or a seven percent increase). He added that 20 of those accidents were pedestrian injuries versus 36 this time last year (or a decrease of 44 percent).
“Over 60 of those accidents are directly from the snow or the ice,“ he clarified. “We know that from reading the accident reports.”
Captain Timothy Brown recently joined the 104th precinct from his former post at the 109th Precinct to head the traffic program in the community.
Brown said his first order of business is to begin a community-wide crackdown on illegal operation of electric-powered bicycles.
“If merchants are utilizing E-bikes, they’re illegal and the owners of those are putting their employees at risk,” Brown said. “We’re going to start enforcing that.”
Brown said merchants especially should take action on eliminating the bikes.
“If you don’t have proper identification, it’s gone and it’s coming with us,” he said. “You’ve been warned.”