Memo urges cops to use discretion for jaywalking summonses

Memo urges cops to use discretion for jaywalking summonses

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A memo from NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton instructs police officers to use discretion when ticketing elderly and disabled pedestrians for jaywalking.

This comes after an 84-year-old jaywalker was injured during his arrest on the Upper West Side in January.

The memo which was was dated April 15 reads in part:  "Use discretion when elderly or handicapped persons are observed jaywalking.... If pedestrian actions are not causing a safety risk... warn and admonish the violator instead."

Cracking down on jaywalkers is part of  Mayor Bill de Blasio's 'Vision Zero Plan' to reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries.

The NYPD has issued nearly double the number of summonses for jaywalking this year compared to all of last year, reported the NY Daily News.

Fines for jaywalking range from $40-$100.


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