More flyers, less tickets in jaywalking fight

More flyers, less tickets in jaywalking fight

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NEW YORK (AP) - A police effort to curb jaywalking in a bustling New York City neighborhood has shifted from writing tickets to distributing information after a spate of summonses brought some complaints.

The jaywalking crackdown on Manhattan's Upper West Side started after three deadly car-versus-pedestrian crashes there last month. But Capt. James Dennedy told the Daily News Wednesday night local officers are now "focusing more on education than enforcement for pedestrians."

He says auxiliary officers are handing out flyers about the dangers of crossing against the light. Officers also have visited schools.

The ticketing effort took a public relations hit when an 84-year-old man ended up bloodied after police tried to ticket him in January. He said officers roughed him up. Police said witnesses gave the impression he got hurt by falling.

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