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Reckless Drivers Targeted in Citywide Crackdown

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A citywide crackdown on hazardous driving is underway, and police are watching our for dangerous behavior behind the wheel.

For the next three weeks, police are targeting some of the city's most problematic intersections.

The 24/7 operation is aimed at drivers who speed, run red lights and use a cellphone. They will also go after drivers who make illegal turns, ignore traffic signals and fail to yield to pedestrians.

"It's good to see because there's a lot accidents happening and a lot of people getting hurt. Especially children. You have to be careful so it's good to know that they're out here," said one New Yorker.

"Lot of out-of-control drivers. They really, like, cut you off all the time. They run lights," said one city driver.

Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his "Vision Zero" plan with a the goal of eliminating traffic-related deaths.

The NYPD's crackdown will focus on some of the city's most problematic intersections.

New Yorkers say they welcome the extra scrutiny.

"It's good to see because there's a lot of traffic accidents happening and a lot of people getting hurt," said one New Yorker.

The NYPD has not announced which specific intersections they will be patrolling but urge drivers to use caution and be patient on all city streets.

The crackdown begins a day after a 59-year-old man was struck and critically injured Sunday by a car in East New York.

Police say the victim was crossing the Linden Boulevard Service Road at Ruby Street when he was hit.

Police are still looking for the driver, who they say got out and fled on foot.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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