2011 NYC Traffic Tickets Statistics And Analysis

Monday, August 1st, 2011

According to the NY Post, an analysis of traffic tickets issued in 2011 by the NYPD has revealed the following:

• Elmhurst has the highest number of speeding tickets issued (2,094)
• Flushing has the highest number of cellphone charges (2,589)
• The East 60s in Manhattan see the largest number of red light tickets (1,480) and driving the wrong way down a one way street violations (359).
• The West 30s in Manhattan are home to the most failure to yield to a pedestrian tickets in NYC (no specific number cited).
• Cellphone violations are the most commonly cited in NYC (95,426). This is especially noteworthy considering these violations have gone from 0 to 2 to 3 points this year alone.  NY Cell Phone Violations Now Three Points
• Seatbelt violations were the second most commonly cited in NYC (90,062)
• As for individual Boroughs, Brooklyn saw the most traffic tickets issued (141,971), followed by Queens (128,098), Manhattan (115,428), Bronx (71,786), and Staten Island (27,388).

Overall, moving violations are down 6.4 percent from 2010. It may just be a natural dip in numbers that traditionally go up and down. Some suggest it may be directly related to the increased scrutiny on officers who issue traffic tickets in the wake of the NYPD ticket fixing scandal. I wrote a little about this increased scrutiny at the TVB and how it is potentially changing the behavior of officers and judges in court and the New York Times recently took a look at this as well. Perhaps officers feel their best chance to avoid trouble or poor reviews or lost vacation time is to simply avoid issuing any significant volume of traffic tickets.

Scott Feifer

  • Gianni Vlacich

    sounds good although in Queens we have a training site for NYC taffic officers and QueenIts, Specifically Astoria, L.I.C as well as the “Ditmars” areas are targets for a trainiinng ground.
    In addition it seems that on practically each corner there is a no standing sign. Why is that?  The resulting of number of tickets issues is incredible, more-so than that is the unavailability of parking spaces in general. I recently spoke with an employee of the D.O.T who said that was the result of complaints be home owners. That seems a bit far fetched. Look forward to hearing from you.     Gianni Vlacich 22 17 73 st East Elmhurst N.Y. 11370
    P.S. why is it that in Brooklyn durning althernate street parking cars are allowed to double park on opposite side and not so in Queens?

  • Anonymous

    Gianni-I feel your pain both on the scarcity of parking spaces and on the volume of parking tickets issued. Unfortunately, I may not be the best person to comment on parking situations as our firm focuses primarily on moving violations. I’m actually unaware of the issue you mention concerning double parking in Brooklyn as compared to Queens.

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