In September 2008, Albany passed a legislation that changed gridlocking from a moving (!) violation to a parking violation, thus allowing Traffic Agents who direct the traffic at intersections to give out tickets for this infraction. What is known as a spillover is forbidden not only on the intersections but also in the pedestrian crossings. Since then hundreds of tickets have been issued.
In 2006 Borough President Scott Stringer had published a report on the debilitating effects of gridlock on our traffic . He held a press conference in Hell’s Kitchen at one of the top 10 gridlocked intersections in Manhattan asking for more enforcement. It is worth noting that this legislation is the only one in the congestion pricing package that was passed.