New York, NY — Here’s another way to get a ticket in New York City. The city is cracking down on “blocking the box” vioolations. The city plans to hire 117 additional Traffic Enforcement Agents this year to look for motorists who get stuck in the intersection when the light changes red. Some drivers get caught by trying to squeeze through the intersection just as the light is changing.
However some drivers pull into the intersection as soon as they get a green light and get stuck there because traffic in front of them didn’t move. Either way you’ll get a ticket.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said unblocking intersections will help ease traffic and lessen pollution.
Currently, blocking the box is classified as a moving violation. Only police officers and a small number of enforcement agents are authorized to issue a violation, which comes with a $90 ticket and two points on the driver’s license. The city is seeking state legislation to make blocking the box a non-moving violation that will allow all of its 2,800 traffic enforcement agents to issue a ticket.