Yes, New York should crack down on minor traffic violations to prevent major ones, because minor traffic violations are usually committed by a small number of drivers. A very few number of drivers make the roads more dangerous for all of us. These drivers should be punished because they will just keep doing it.
Minor traffic violations should be taken seriously by New York Police officials as an opportunity to prevent much larger issues, and thus saves lives. No one likes to get a speeding ticket, but people are far too irresponsible on the road and it is dangerous. If these offenders received a ticket, they will be less likely to speed or tailgate others the next time they get behind the wheel.
I feel that New York should not crack down on minor violations to try and prevent major traffic violations. I feel that focusing on the minor violations will not prevent major ones but allow more major violations to occur. Police attention will be focused on minor issues not major ones.
I do not think that New York should crack down any more than it already does on minor traffic violations. Just look already at how many tickets are being handed out on a daily basis by the marauding ticket cops. Adding more to this will do nothing besides infuriate people.
In crime and punishment America, it seems like getting extreme will somehow get people in line. In fact, cracking down on minor traffic violators is really just away to extend the already heavy handed form of law enforcement we see today, in order to, in reality, intimidate and extract money from average people. Such a crackdown would only undermine public morale and give cops the signal they need to be even more coercive and abusive than they currently are.