DSNY caught the driver of this car dumping illegally — and impounded the vehicle. Photo: DSNY with help from the Streetsblog Photoshop Desk

The city is much better than carjacking illegal dumpsters from reckless drivers – Streetsblog New York City

If only the Department of Transportation would start treating reckless drivers like trash!

This year the Sanitation Department has seized far more cars from people who illegally dumped trash or debris than the Sheriff has from drivers who frequently drive recklessly. According to DSNY, the small police force seized 45 vehicles and issued 45 recalls (starting at $4,000), thanks to 42 surveillance cameras at known dumping sites in the five boroughs. The number of reservations and recalls increased from 18 cars and 19 recalls during the same period last year. (The ministry said there are also 17 pending investigations into the dumping.)

Meanwhile, the city has taken just six cars off the road this year under the Dangerous Vehicle Mitigation Program, which allows the city to seize a car only after its owner has received at least 15 camera-issued speed tickets or five red light tickets — and then they fail. In attendance to the city-imposed safety course. (If the driver skips the course, he will still get it else 45 days to complete the course before the agency sends the case to an administrative court for possible vehicle seizure, the Department of Transportation said on Streetsblog last year).

Contrast that with DSNY, which works with elected officials and has placed cameras in areas known for illegal dumping — and sometimes moving them.

“These illegal vans are not smart. They commit the same crime at the same locations over and over again,” said Vincent Gragnani, a DSNY spokesperson.

Once the cameras take pictures of the cars, it’s relatively easy for sewage cops to move around.

“We turn the license plate on, we track it down, we get it out, and when someone gets in the car, we move, we issue a summons, and we detain the car, which cannot then be taken back until the summons is settled,” Gragnani said. “We hope this app will be a deterrent.”

On the enforcement front, no agency does more than the Department of Transportation, which now operates the 750 school district’s speed cameras that are now operational 24/7. This year alone, cameras issued nearly 3.7 million speeding tickets, according to the city’s database.

The same database shows that 11,553 drivers have already reached the 15-ticket threshold this year alone, plus thousands more since the Transportation Department began counting tickets against program limits in late 2020. However, as of September 14, 486 vehicle owners have completed Only safe vehicle operating cycle, with 980 notifications received. Eighteen reckless drivers are scheduled to take the course by October 16, the agency said, with more respondents in the pipeline. Unlike sewage cops, city mayors can only seize a car If the driver fails to take the course or Take the course and get another ticket in six months.

It’s not apples to apples, but the fact remains: that garbageMen snatched more than seven times as many criminals’ cars off the street than LawGuys – A shot of the city’s priorities sounds straight from the song “Alice’s Restaurant.” (One of the drivers who took a “safety” course in town, then came back insulted, but kept driving because his car was never grabbed, was Trek Mott, who should never have been on the road when he mowed 3-month-old Apollin Mong Guillemin on a sidewalk in Brooklyn last year).

You’re more likely to be dragged if you don’t pay your tickets more than if you reach the threshold of the Dangerous Vehicle Reduction Program: The city resumed operation and towing in March 2021 on vehicles worth more than $350 in unpaid tickets, and more recently it’s done in a big way – escalation of the implementation of take-off procedures and the dragging of those who owe fines, The New York Post reported.

DSNY thinks drag is working — they’ve announced the illegal dumping engine (officially, still piloted) in a series of ruthless tweets.

Of course, DSNY’s anti-dumping efforts, like most urban crackdowns—for example, the Adams administration recently announced a push against “ghost cars” with fake paper plates—respond only to a small part of the problem: Thousands of New Yorkers complain about dumping illegal every year through City Gate 311 — which has worsened dramatically during the pandemic, when the city halted enforcement, according to the Comprehensive series on our garbage issues recently operated at Politico. According to 311, there have been nearly 20,000 complaints of illegal dumping so far this year.

Lawbreakers who use their cars to dispose of waste illegally may also use them to break the law. for example, We ran the painting From the Washington state painted truck featured by DSNY in the tweet below; Owner may have fraudulently registered it in that state, based on 11 violations totaling $1,308.13, truck owed since March 2021 and a half in brooklyn, Which suggests that the owner lives here. The owner is inconsiderate: Four of those tickets totaling more than $558, including two to turn off the fire hydrant and one for speed in the school district, are “on judgment,” meaning the city can tow the car.

Graknani described the crime of illegal dumping as “the theft of public places by private entities”, whether they are contractors dumping Construction and demolition debris on streets, sidewalks, and vacant lot, rather than brought to a transfer station, as required by law, or dwellings which for whatever reason—often, a home improvement project involving construction—incorrectly dispose of waste. (The department collects up to six bags or packs per home pickup.)

For DSNY, imposing dumping is an equity issue, because lawbreakers are targeted low income neighborhoods. Last year it carried out blitzkrieg law enforcement in eastern New York in Brooklyn and Hunts Point in the Bronx, and since then it has installed cameras in those areas, often seen as illegal. dumping. cam sites secrets.

“Our goal here is not just to clean up these streets and sidewalks and a lot, but to stop these trucks before they steal our public space,” said Gragnani. “It is a quality of life issue for all residents of affected neighborhoods, including pedestrians and cyclists.”

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