As part of Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s crackdown on “quality of life” infractions, “Police Strategy No. 8: Reclaiming the Roads of New York” discusses tactics employed by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) to address offenses related to the city’s traffic flow. The document specifically highlights issues including traffic congestion, automotive and pedestrian accidents, and illegal parking. Consistent with the Broken Windows theory, Giuliani and NYPD Commissioner William Bratton generalize the character of those guilty of such infractions, stating that they “show little regard for their fellow citizens,” and speculate that a decrease in such practices will correspondingly effect a broader moral improvement across New York City. Notably, officers in the newly formed Traffic Control Division, who are granted the responsibility of monitoring these particular violations, are obligated to police non-traffic-related offenses at the same time, exemplifying the NYPD’s growing authority and power.
“Police Strategy No. 8: Reclaiming the Roads of New York” discusses strategies employed by the New York City Police Department under the Giuliani administration to regulate the city’s traffic flow in the context of the mayor’s broader campaign against “quality of life” infractions.