This has dire implications for traffic around schools, which is anarchic even at the best of times, the Advance said. Drivers are constantly in danger of hitting kids, and they know it.
Only last June, Aniya Williams, 13, was struck and killed by a large truck near school, right after the last day of classes. She was trying to cross Goethals Road North to catch a city bus.
And before that, in February, a one-car crash killed a man who had, himself, five years earlier, struck and killed a teenage girl who’d crossed against a light.
At the same time, the New York Daily News noted Sunday that police are writing fewer tickets, for fear of getting caught up in the probe of ticket-fixing in the NYPD.
For its report, the Advance watched the intersection of Cromwell and Laconia avenues, a four-way stop in Dongan Hills. The reporter just observed for half an hour, between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on a Tuesday. But out of 95 vehicles that went past, 31 of them blew through without stopping – including a police cruiser.