LOWER MANHATTAN — New Yorkers have a need for speed—and the NYPD has the stats to back that up.
During a two-week traffic enforcement initiative that ended Nov. 22, cops handed out 12,564 summonses, mostly for speeding, according to data obtained by PIX11 News.
A total of 7,555 were ticketed for speeding, 3,214 for texting while driving and 1,795 received summons for failure to yield to pedestrians.
The ticket blitz targeting dangerous drivers was launched after 13 pedestrians were killed in separate traffic accidents in recent weeks, police said.
The NYPD dedicated more than 1,700 cops in all of the city’s 77 precinct’s to the effort as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan, which aims to end traffic deaths by 2024.
Pedestrian fatalities dropped to 104 the year compared to 117 in 2014 and 138 in 2013, the mayors office said.
Traffic deaths have dropped to 188 so far this year, from 223 in 2014 and 235 over the same period in 2013.
The results of the sting came as a man was struck by an MTA bus in the Lower East Side Monday.
"These enforcement campaigns serve to reinforce the importance of traffic safety and the commitment to creating a safer environment for pedestrians and vehicles," a mayoral spokesperson said.
"We are serious about reducing deaths and rashes. Awareness and enforcement will continue.