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Drivers Running Risky Gauntlet Of Panhandlers Along Highway

November 4, 2019


TRAFFIC AND PUTTING DRIVERS IN DANGER. WHO IS KEEPING OUR HIGHWAYS SAFE. WE ARE DEMANDING ANSWERS FROM THE CITY AND STATE. Reporter: ON THE SHOULDER, IN THE MIDDLE OF TRAFFIC, RAIN OR SHINE, OVER OUR THREE-DAY INVESTIGATION, WE FOUND A DOZEN DIFFERENT PEOPLE PANHANDLING ON THE CROSS BRONX EXPRESSWAY. MOST HOLDING CARDBOARD SIGNS THAT READ HOMELESS. ALL ILLEGALLY WALKING ON MAJOR ROADS. IT IS THE MIDDLE OF THE HIGHWAY . THEY COULD GET HIT. YOU COULD GET YOURSELF HURT. Reporter: TUESDAY EVENING AT RUSH HOUR, WE SAW TWO MEN COMING OUT OF THIS LARGE ENCAMPMENT OUT OF THE WASHINGTON BRIDGE. IT USUALLY CAUSES MORE TRAFFIC. DANGEROUS FOR THEM. DANGEROUS FOR US. PEOPLE DON’T SEE THEM. THEY WORRY ABOUT GET — DON’T WORRY ABOUT GETTING HURT. THEY WORRY ABOUT EATING. Reporter: KEEPING PEOPLE OFF OF THE ROAD REQUIRES COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE CITY AND STATE. THEY ARE WORKING WITH STATE DOT AND NYPD. THEY ARE LOOKING AT WAYS TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE NOT CROSSING ON A HIGHWAY. WE ARE NOT LOOKING TO GET OUT OF THE SITUATION. WE KNOW IT IS A BIGGER PROBLEM. Reporter: THE MANHATTAN CHIEF SAYS 9-1-1 CALLS AND 311 CALLS FOR AGGRESSIVE PANHANDLING IS UP 6% IN MANHATTAN COMPARED TO THIS TIME LAST YEAR. IT SEEMS THEY ARE THERE ALMOST EVERY DAY AROUND THE SAME TIME DURING THE EVENING RUSH HOUR AND MORNING RUSH HOUR. SINCE THEY ARE GOING WITH THE PATTERN, DO POLICE PATROL THERE EXPECTING THEY’LL BE OUT? WHAT I WOULD LIKE YOU TO SEE, IF YOU SEE SOMEBODY OUT THERE CALL 9-1-1. ONCE YOU MAKE THOSE CALLS, THEN WE’LL BE RESPONDING TO THOSE JOBS. Reporter: THE CHIEF SAYS THE CITY HAS CLEANED UP TWO

4 Comments

  • Reply Daniel Reid September 28, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Get these people jobs deasihole & stop helping illegal immigrants!

  • Reply Benjy Bronk September 28, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Democrats strike again!!!

  • Reply Petey Pop September 29, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    And this is one of the numerous reasons I or many ppl I know haven't crossed the gwb or lincoln tunnel & went to NYC in almost a decade. It's become an overly expensive, disgusting, circus. Very sad, wise up &vote these socialist out before you become east coast California smh..

  • Reply Born Blazed March 10, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    wow cops are kinda useless.

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