Safety tips from the 112th Precinct – QNS.com

Safety tips from the 112th Precinct

After experiencing two traffic-related deaths this month, the 112th Precinct wants everyone to be aware of their surroundings, stay alert and remember the following safety tips for both drivers and pedestrians.
The 112th Precinct, which covers Rego Park and Forest Hills, will be conducting traffic enforcement all month including DWI stops, issuing tickets for texting or talking on the phone while driving and for not wearing a seatbelt. Violation of these laws could cost drivers a $100 fine and three points on their license.
According to the NYC Department of Transportation, two out of three people killed in traffic crashes were not wearing their safety belts. When used correctly, a safety belt doubles a person’s chances of surviving a serious car crash.
The 112th Precinct will also be issuing tickets for failure to yield to a pedestrian. When making a turn, the law requires that the driver yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
New York City leads the nation in the number of pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes, so pedestrians should always stop at the curb before entering the street and make sure eye contact is made between driver and pedestrian.
Since it gets darker earlier in the day, pedestrians should wear light or bright clothing and attach retro-reflective material to bags, backpacks and shoes when walking at night.
Drivers expect pedestrians to cross at crosswalks. Cross at marked crosswalks. Crossing midblock on a wide busy street, such as Queens Boulevard where vehicles travel quickly, is dangerous. Even as you cross the street continue to scan the cars and the drivers.
Heidi Harrison Chain, president of the 112th Precinct Community Council, is doing her part by going out to help educate residents. Along with a crime prevention officer, she is speaking throughout the community about safety on the streets by telling others of the dangers of the road and what they can do to prevent it.

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