NYPD cops are writing fewer tickets for moving violations in protest of a ticket-fixing scandal and the way the department brass has responded to it, reports the New York Daily News. Summonses for moving violations were down about 23% across the city for the 28-day period ending July 24. Though the NYPD contends moving violations fluctuate over time, the numbers continue to plummet in an apparent wildcat slowdown.
Police brass recently created a new policy that strips cops of 10 vacation days if probers in the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau find mistakes in their summonses, memo book entries or testimony. For cops, the increasingly common response has been: Why bother writing tickets? Some 52,159 moving violations were issued citywide for the 28-day period ending July 24, down from 67,649 over the same span last year. In the Bronx, where the ticket-fixing scandal began, they were down 32% over the same period.