Sunday, January 18, 2009
POLICE TRAPS (NYPD LOVES YOU)
On Hudson, just as you cross Canal, if you're traveling on the two rightmost lanes and you continue straight instead of entering the Holland Tunnel (during afternoon rush), there are often cops standing there to pull you over.
Off Bleecker, if you turn unto 7 Av too widely there is often a lucky cop ready to have you for breakfast. Always turn unto the closest lane at that West Village location.
We all know about the FDR North speed trap. Don't go over 40 mph as you approach the Brooklyn Bridge.
Heading out to Rockaway Beach on Cross Bay Blvd., an unmarked cop car hides in the median as you enter the residential zone of Broad Channel. Speed limit is reduced from 50 to 30 mph.
The No Left from Astoria Blvd. unto Crescent St. (7 am-? ) is enforced by one of those interceptor golf carts, as soon as you make the turn.
ON THE RFK:
A Port Authority cop parks on the shoulder of the Queens bound Tri Boro Bridge. He stands right where the lanes begin their decent into Astoria, pointing his radar gun at motorists. The limit there is 40 MPH if I'm not mistaken.
EB 42 if you make a wide right turn unto 2 Av, they often stop 1/2 dozen cars at a time.
EB 34 at 7 Av on Sunday mornings, as soon as it's 8 am, they set up a trap for those who make that right turn. Victims include mostly vacant yellow cabs innocently attempting to see if Madison Square Garden has any fares because the streets are empty. Now this rule is to alleviate congestion caused by heavy pedestrian traffic on the crosswalk, which is non existent at this hour. So WTF? Cabdrivers aren't the ones with money growing on trees in our backyards, if we even have backyards, and money certainly isn't coming out of our ass. Go pick on someone else for your quotas.
P.S.: Don't forget that many yellow cabs are used as undercover police cars. You can point them out because there are usually two big, buff, serious men in the front and no passengers. Their license place often has a different, longer sequence than other taxis.
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P.P.S..: I was once sitting vacant at a red light on EB 34 at 7 Av when two cops on foot approached a yellow cab on either front side window because a Penn Station security guard had already asked the cabdriver to leave the No Standing zone (in front of L.I.R.R.). Before the light could turn green the hack sped off and one of the cops jumped into my cab all of a sudden. "Follow that taxi!" It was like out of the movies. He had me run the red at Herald Square and turn the corner at the Empire State. When we caught up to him, he was trying to hide amongst a line of other sitting cabs. Cop jumped out and drew his gun at the sky in anticipation of anything. I got no reward for my efforts and decided to scram when I saw his weapon. Does that make me a traitor to our quasi brothersisterhood of yellow people?