knife.jpgA 2005 law that prohibits passing between subway cars while the train is in motion was enacted to increase the safety of passengers who would otherwise engage in the risky behavior. Law enforcement officials are now reporting some spillover safety effects of that prohibition. Searches of passengers caught car hopping are turning up weapons. The Daily News gives an example:

In February, Jones was busted again. Officer Pedro Murphy saw Jones walk between subway cars on a J train in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Patting him down, Murphy found Jones was carrying a knife with a 3-inch blade and a loaded .38-caliber Rossi revolver.

The weapon seizures in the subway have contributed to the decline in crime in the transit system, police said. There have been 185 robberies in the subway this year, compared with 238 during the same period last year.

The Daily News also notes that NYPD transit police seized 296 knives and 13 guns this year, up from 116 knives and 8 guns during the same period a year ago.