NYPD Focuses on Speeders After Distracted Driving Crackdown

Tuesday, May 20, 2014  |  Updated 6:13 AM EDT
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NYPD Focuses on Speeders

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A week after officers ticketed more than 4,000 drivers for using cellphones behind the wheel during a distracted driving crackdown, the NYPD announced it will be targeting speeders.

Traffic officers will be on the lookout for leadfoot drivers Tuesday and Wednesday in all five of the city’s boroughs, the NYPD said.

The department is asking drivers to obey the citywide 30 mph speed limit on local streets and to be mindful of new 25 mph arterial slow zones and 20 mph school zones across the city.

Fines for speeding range from $90 to $600, and drivers can also have three to 11 points added to their licenses for infractions.

The enforcement comes about a week after officers targeted drivers who either didn’t yield to pedestrians or were using cellphones while driving.

The NYPD says that during that crackdown last Tuesday and Friday officers handed out 2,938 summonses for using a cellphone while driving, 1,066 for texting while driving and 1,254 for failure to yield to pedestrians.

The initiatives are part of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic fatalities involving pedestrians.

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