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NYC: Vision Zero or Mere Illusion? Breaking Down NYC's New Traffic Initiative

Posted by Terri B. Kalker | Sep 21, 2023 | 0 Comments

New York City is buzzing about the latest maneuver by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Let's steer through the specifics of this development:

1. Introducing: The Dangerous Vehicle Abatement Program

Signed into law on February 26, 2020, its rollout hit a speed bump due to Covid-related delays.

2. The Program's Aim

Designed to reign in the "most reckless drivers," it grants the NYC Sheriffs the green light to seize and impound vehicles.

3. The Catch - Eligibility Criteria

    • 15+ school speed camera violations, or
    • 5+ red light camera violations

     ... all tallied within a single 12-month window.

4. But Wait, There's a Twist

While the initiative sounds like a formula for safer streets, there's a hitch. What if the registered car owner wasn't the one recklessly racking up those violations? With camera-based evidence, accountability becomes hazy. Yes, they say a photo speaks volumes, but in legal terms, is it really a definitive voice?

5. Growing Concerns

The DOT's extending arm into traffic violations raises eyebrows. The rapid increase of surveillance cameras and their wide-spanning operational zones is already a contentious topic. Is the DOT steering out of its lane?

6. The Bigger Picture

With NYC continually cruising for ways to levy fees on drivers, questions arise: is there adequate oversight on DOT's initiatives? Without it, such programs could zoom past intended limits.

To sum it up, while the city's drive for safer streets is commendable, the road to achieving it must be paved with fairness and clarity. What's your take on this? Dive deeper and decide where you stand on this high-speed controversy!

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Terri B. Kalker

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