Kiryas Yoel Residents Say Cops Waging Unfair Traffic Blitz

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kiryas-yoelChris Mckenna of The Times Herald-Record reports: Complaints are mounting about a deluge of traffic tickets state troopers have written while patrolling Kiryas Yoel. Several hundred citations have been issued since the disturbances began on Jan. 27, community members said, although their estimates varied widely, and no exact count was available on Monday either through the state police or the Monroe Town Court, where the cases will be heard.

Maj. Edward Raso, commander of State Police Troop F, said police have heightened their presence in the village since the dispute began and may have written more tickets than usual simply because more troopers are stationed there, doing their jobs.

“We write tickets for people who violate the law,” Raso said.

But incensed leaders of the Chassidishe community accuse police of waging a discriminatory ticket blitz. Mayor Avraham Wieder has appealed to State Police Superintendent Harry Corbitt and urged both Monroe judges to delay acting on the summonses until he can meet with them.

Yosef Waldman, a Kiryas Yoel resident, said Monday that he appreciates the beefed-up police presence, even if it means more people are getting tickets.

“We are extremely happy that they are here,” he said. “Because they are here, we have peace.”

One Kiryas Yoel man, who asked that his name be withheld, said he was ticketed three times in a week for the same two offenses: a cracked windshield and expired inspection sticker.

He accused troopers of “excessive policing,” saying they could have given him time to correct the problems.

{Times Herald Record/Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}

7 COMMENTS

  1. Unfair? They are spoiled by the fact that for the last 25 years they have had the State Police in their front and back pockets.. Welcome to the real world of Brooklyn or Lakewood etc.. where we get ticketed for breaking laws. A lot of problems in that place could have been avoided if they would have “excessive policing” on a continues basis.

  2. “One Kiryas Yoel man, who asked that his name be withheld, said he was ticketed three times in a week for the same two offenses: a cracked windshield and expired inspection sticker.

    Two questions for this KY man:

    1. Why had he not fixed the cracked winshield? Doing so would have cost very little, would have protect him, his wife and kinder – and prevented the cop from issuing tickets.

    2. What valid repeat valid excuse does he have for for having his auto inspected and displaying a valid stucker?

    I will answer my own questions and hazard and educated guess: he thought he was above the law of the country he is living in.

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