Huge Drop In Number Of Traffic Tickets Issued

July 20, 2011 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

New York City police wrote 32% less New York traffic tickets last week compared to the same period a year ago; apparently cops were threatened with losing of vacation days if they messed up any New York ticket cases.

More than 11,230 traffic tickets for New York moving violations were issued to motorists, compared to 16,695 for the same week in 2010.

The steep decline came less than two weeks after the press reported that NYPD brass — who were understandably unhappy about the department’s shameful ticket-fixing scandal — ordered that police would be docked 10 vacation days if any of their cases fell apart because of a procedural mistake.

“Why should I want to write a summons to put myself in jeopardy of losing 10 days’ vacation?” one officer asked The Post.

Last week’s drop in summonses was so steep that Police Commissioner Ray Kelly personally called NYPD Transportation Bureau Chief James Tuller to know why it had happened, according to one source.

Oddly enough, Tuller has himself been questioned about fixing a ticket for his brother-in-law.

(More: NY Post)