May 18, 2017
New York Traffic Control
By Jonathan Damashek
New York City traffic can be insane. Even though we have traffic lights and lanes that organize the flow of traffic, traffic officers are often necessary to ensure safe movement of pedestrians, vehicles, and bicycles in the city. They are also in charge of enforcing parking regulations and making sure that both pedestrians and drivers follow the rules.
Traffic officers are often deployed in congested traffic areas, like tunnel and bridge entrances, during peak traffic times. They stand in the middle of the streets signaling to pedestrians and drivers when to move or stop. They’re efforts make traffic smoother and safer for everyone. Unfortunately, all these tasks make their jobs very unsafe.
Although officers wear shiny yellow vests, many drivers don’t notice them, which can cause terrible accidents and injuries. Drivers must pay attention when they are driving the streets of New York, especially in very condensed areas that tend to have traffic officers on duty. It is important to respect speed limits and slow down if needed.
Because traffic officers must ensure a smooth and safe flow of traffic, their commands supersede other rules. So if you are told by an officer to pass a red light, you should trust him or her and do so. Never rush, and pay attention to what’s going on ahead of you. Bicyclists should also do what traffic officers tell them to do.
As a pedestrian, cyclist or driver, it is crucial to obey and follow rules to keep New Yorkers safe. As one of the busiest cities in the world for pedestrians and drivers, extra precautions are necessary. Stay focused, and do not let your phone or other issues distract you when driving. And if you or a family member is involved in a vehicle or pedestrian accident call us today for a free consultation. We will analyze your case and explain you your legal rights.