In the midst of the deadly shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in New York City, the NYPD has been working on a program that would let drivers pay a $20 fee to turn off their traffic lights.
The program is called “two way traffic cameras,” and it has been piloted in two communities, one in Queens and one in Brooklyn.
According to a statement from the NYPD, the program will be rolled out across the city by the end of this year, allowing drivers to pay a fee to activate their traffic cameras.
“We’ve seen a tremendous amount of success with two way cameras in the communities where we’re operating,” Chief Mark Dermody, the head of the New York Police Department, said in the statement.
“[We’ve] worked closely with local police departments, neighborhood associations, and advocacy groups to develop the program and have received positive feedback from them, so we’re excited to roll it out to our community.”
The city has been testing the program for a year, and has seen a spike in arrests and crashes, according to police.
One of the most notable things about the program is that it allows drivers to disable their lights, meaning they can go about their daily lives without fear of being pulled over and arrested.
This was first demonstrated in Brooklyn on Monday, when a pedestrian was filmed running from the intersection of Kings Highway and South Street at 7:17 a.m.
The NYPD says it has installed more than 100 cameras in Manhattan alone, but the program has also seen more positive results in communities like Staten Island, Queens, and Brooklyn.
According to NYPD Chief Mark Kelly, the cameras have been the biggest help in deterring crime, which has been on the rise in recent years.
In the city of New York, the number of murders is down 20 percent from the same period last year, according the NYPD.
Since 2011, the department has recorded more than 1,200 homicides, which is a 20 percent drop compared to the same time last year.
But the number is still higher than the number that were killed in the same year in 2013, when 2,542 people were killed, the most recent year available.
Kelly said the cameras will not only help prevent future killings, but also reduce the number and severity of police-involved shootings.
He also said the program was the biggest driver in getting New Yorkers to get out of their cars and walk the streets.
“We’re seeing that people are actually walking on sidewalks, and they’re using those sidewalks as safe routes to get to the bus stop, and the convenience that they’re providing for the public,” Kelly said.
“That’s something that we’re really proud of.”
The program will cost drivers $20.
It will also be offered to drivers of vehicles parked at certain intersections.
Drivers who want to turn the lights off can do so by calling 311.