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Can a Crime-Reduction Method Also Prevent Traffic Accidents?

December 1, 2013
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Can a Crime-Reduction Method Also Prevent Traffic Accidents?
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Yes, according to the NYPD.

The broken windows approach to fighting street crime involves seriously enforcing the small things, like broken windows and other instances of vandalism, in order to maintain an orderly environment and discourage bigger crimes. According to the NYPD, the theory has worked to reduce New York City’s homicide rate, and could also work on reducing the number of traffic accidents caused by reckless driving. Cracking down on drivers who run red lights or who drive just over the speed limit could create more orderly roads, creating a safer environment for pedestrians.

 

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