The New York City Police Department is beginning a 21 day traffic crackdown, going after drivers that don't obey the rules of the road.

Police in all five boroughs will be targeting drivers that run red lights, don't yield to pedestrians and use their cell phones behind the wheel. 

The operation began this morning and will continue through July 6.  There will be a special emphasis on dangerous intersections.

The NYPD has conducted similar crackdowns this year, but this is the longest one yet.  A two day traffic enforcement operation last month resulted in almost 5,000 tickets.

The effort is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero plan, which aims to reduce traffic deaths in the city. 

Part of the plan calls for reducing the speed limit in New York City from 30 mph to 25 mph.  That requires approval from Albany though, and so far the state legislature has failed to act.

 

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