Today Ridgewood Drive resident Bob Zahm, member of the Rye Board of Education, co-chair of Rye’s Trailways and Traffic Safety – School subcommittee and an outspoken advocate on pedestrian safety issues, tells MyRye.com readers that he is ready for a "fact based" discussion on traffic enforcement.
The City has finalized their enforcement data for 2009. The data can be found buried amongst the “Weekly Council Packets” in the Jan. 29, 2010 package on page 4. [Based on this data, here are the updated Rye City traffic enforcement stats through 2009.]
No material change has occurred since the partial data was previously reported; e.g., issued citations have declined 40+% since 2006.
> Red light -12%
> Stop sign -55%
> Speeding -50%
> Disobeying sign/device -28%
> Seat Belt -52%
> Cell Phone -53% (but almost double 2008)
So, now that the data is “final” for last year, a fact-based discussion can be had about why enforcement appears to be down, what the implications are – if any – for public safety, and what changes are – again, if any – appropriate.
I am not advocating for increased enforcement purely for its own sake. I am advocating for enforcing the City’s laws or amending them to reflect our community standards. Unenforced laws send the message that you can pick and choose which laws you obey – and that’s a very dangerous slope down which to slide.