Law aims to prevent blocking the box

September 10, 2008 3:13:23 PM PDT
The New York Police Department says it's now easier to ticket drivers who block street intersections.Starting Wednesday, vehicles found blocking intersections during red lights will be issued summonses with fines of $115 each.

The new law makes obstructing traffic a parking violation instead of a moving violation, which essentially makes it easier for police officers to issue tickets. Traffic enforcement agents also now are able to issue summonses but weren't able to under moving violation regulations.

During a pilot program one day last week, 111 tickets were issued for blocking intersections, called blocking the box. In 2007, before the law was changed, about 40 were issued each day.

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