Motorists trying to gun it through through the streets of Sheepshead Bay are the second most likely to be caught in all of Brooklyn, according to a report by the New York Daily News.
One hundred ninety-eight speeding tickets were issued by the 61st Precinct, putting Sheepshead Bay in second place overall in Brooklyn, according to statistics released by the NYPD.
Overall, combined with tickets handed out by highway cops, about 15,000 speeding tickets were issued in Brooklyn this past year, far fewer than the 43,920 tickets issued for talking on cell phones while driving or the 37,010 tickets issued for illegally-tinted car windows.
The tracking of speeding tickets has become a hot-button issue in recent months as multiple hit-and-run tragedies have dominated headlines across the city. As we’ve previously reported, State Senator Marty Golden has been at the forefront of trying to stiffen penalties for reckless drivers, and more local politicians are following his lead.
“This data shows that Brooklyn needs more resources and clearer enforcement goals to deal effectively with dangerous drivers,” said state Sen. Eric Adams (D-Crown Heights), a former police captain and frontrunner to become Brooklyn’s next borough president. “Until these speedsters know that they’ll be caught and harshly prosecuted for their reckless behavior, they will continue to put lives at risk on our streets day-in and day-out.”
To fight dangerous speeders, officials and lawmakers have begun pushing for a program that would install speed enforcement cameras.
According to the Daily News, NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Republican Temporary President and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Senator Jeff Klein all sent nearly identical letters to Governor Andrew Cuomo calling for installation of the cameras.
“Motorists know that there will never be a sufficient number of police officers to catch everyone who violates the traffic laws,” Kelly wrote in a letter to Cuomo, “but the presence of speed cameras can create a strong deterrent effect, serving to reduce speeding and the collision and physical injury that it causes.”
Opponents of speed cameras point to the holes they create in law enforcement such as being able to tell if a driver is drunk, if a driver is unlicensed or if a motorist is carrying weapons while fleeing a crime scene.
Speed enforcement cameras are used in more than 120 cities across the country, but in some instances they’ve prompted lawsuits and efforts by state legislatures to ban them.
The City of Baltimore recently moved to replace its entire network of speed enforcement cameras after an investigation found numerous errors in their speed readings.
A 2011 study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety credited speed enforcement cameras with reducing fatal crashes by 24% in 14 large cities where they were used.
Here is a full breakdown of the tickets issued last year, courtesy of the Daily News via the NYPD:
Top five speeding ticket precincts
94th Precinct (Greenpoint) – 555
61st Precinct (Sheepshead Bay) – 198
62nd Precinct (Bensonhurst) – 182
79th Precinct (Bed-Stuy) – 180
60th Precinct (Coney Island) – 173
Bottom five speeding ticket precincts
83rd Precinct (Bushwick) – 8
67th Precinct (East Flatbush) – 45
88th Precinct (Clinton Hill/Fort Greene) — 46
84th Precinct (Brooklyn Heights) — 48
68th Precinct (Bay Ridge) – 63
Top Brooklyn tickets
Cell phone – 43,920
Safety belt – 37,010
Disobey sign – 29,889
Tinted windows -28,815
Uninsured – 18,954
Brake lights – 9,981
Speeding – 2,873*
(Excluding the 13,535 tickets issued by Highway officers covering the borough and parts of Queens)