A 26-year-old woman died after she was struck by an ambulance and then hit by a car on West 96th Street in the wee hours of Sunday morning. The NYPD responded by issuing summonses… to pedestrians. According to CBS reporter Sonia Moghe, cops were at that location earlier today giving out tickets for jaywalking. The police reportedly deployed the same strategy a little over a week ago after a taxi failed to yield and killed a 9-year-old boy a few blocks away on West 97th Street.
Mayor De Blasio recently announced a plan to reduce traffic fatalities, including an initiative to finally ticket drivers caught by speed cameras. Unlike pedestrians on the UWS who were immediately cited, the city gave motorists months of warnings first. It sounds like the new police commissioner is already putting his it’s-hardly-every-the-driver’s-fault theory into action.