You want a wild ride? Come to Brooklyn!
Borough motorists are wildly violating the city’s vehicular traffic rules, according to stunning traffic data released the NYPD released this week.
Statistics show that cops have written 121,241 moving violations in Brooklyn this year — the most in the city.
Queens came in second with 107,781 violations, Manhattan was third with 97,507, followed by the Bronx (62,652) and Staten Island (23,652).
Well over 30,000 of the tickets were given out in Brownstone Brooklyn, North Brooklyn and Bay Ridge. The biggest offenders were motorists who talk on their cellphones without hands-free devices, but that’s no surprise since the city has held several crack-downs on such gabby drivers.
There’s an enormous amount of data to wade through, so here are a few highlights:
• Biggest offense: 1,003 tickets for not wearing seat belts.
• Smallest offense: Two violations each to motorists caught backing-up unsafely, failing to keep to the right side of the road and for cars without license plates
• Most surprising offense: 684 tickets were given out to motorists who disobeyed stop signs.
• Biggest offense: 1,327 tickets were given out to drivers talking on their cellphones without hands-free devices.
• Smallest offense: One ticket was given to a motorist who followed the car in front of him too closely.
• Most surprising offense: 110 tickets given out to motorists who had children with them, but no child seats.
• Biggest offense: 829 cellphone summonses.
• Smallest offense: Three tickets to motorists with expired inspections.
• Most surprising offense: 105 tickets were given out to unlicensed drivers.
• Biggest offense: 801 tickets to motorists making improper turns (likely a result of changes on Tillary Street).
• Smallest offense: Three tickets to commercial vehicles driving on a parkway.
• Most surprising offense: 117 motorists were ticketed for driving the wrong way on a one-way street.
• Biggest offense: 1,163 tickets were for cellphone use.
• Smallest offense: One ticket given out to a driver who failed to yield the right of way.
• Most surprising offense: 850 tickets were given out to motorists ignoring stop signs.
• Biggest offense: 1,280 tickets for cellphone use.
• Smallest offense: One ticket to a motorist caught driving in a bus lane. Another was written out to someone making an unsafe lane change.
• Most surprising offense: 267 motorists were ticketed for blowing through red lights.
• Biggest offense: 1,288 summonses for talking on a cellphone without an earpiece.
• Smallest offense: Two tickets were given out to motorists who refused to give pedestrians the right of way.
• Most surprising offense that’s not surprising at all, given how cars use McGuinness Boulevard: 137 tickets for speeding.
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