Drive as I say, not as I do? New York mayor's convoy seen speeding

NEW YORK Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:17pm EST

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to the press during a news conference in the Maspeth section of Queens, New York February 20, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to the press during a news conference in the Maspeth section of Queens, New York February 20, 2014.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday he remained committed to reducing speed limits and cutting down on traffic deaths in the city, a day after a local television news crew captured his convoy speeding and ignoring stop signs.

The driving incident comes after the new mayor rolled out an extensive, 63-point "Vision Zero" plan this week to tackle traffic fatalities.

His proposals include reducing many city speed limits to 25 miles per hour from 30 miles per hour, and increasing the number of speed-tracking cameras.

"Our lives are literally in each other's hands," de Blasio said in outlining the plan on Tuesday on Manhattan's Upper West Side, where three pedestrians were killed last month.

De Blasio's caravan was filmed by a crew from WCBS-TV driving up to 15 miles per hour above the speed limit and blasting past two stop signs as the mayor sat in the passenger seat of the lead car.

De Blasio's transportation and security is provided by the New York City Police Department. The motorcade was captured making the questionable traffic moves after de Blasio attended an event to speak about road safety and pothole repairs, WCBS-TV said.

At a press conference on Friday afternoon, de Blasio refused to take questions about the driving incident, saying he remained "committed to safety" and his ambitious new traffic safety proposals.

He also said he was "very comfortable" with remarks made by New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who told reporters on Friday he had seen the video of de Blasio's motorcade and was not "overly concerned by what I saw in the sense of the speed issue that was raised."

The police issued a statement saying officers in charge of the mayor's transportation "receive specialized training in driving, based on maintaining security as well as safety."

"The handling of police vehicles transporting any protectee is determined solely by police personnel based on their specialized training in executive protection and professional judgment," it said.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Gunna Dickson)

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Comments (7)
COindependent wrote:
Is this the new progressive agenda? More cameras to control the behavior of the citizens.

We have a progressive POTUS who initially condemned the Patriot Act only to expand the collection of data on the phones and computers of citizens when he is in charge. And now a mayor who condemned stop and frisk but wants more cameras to enforce traffic laws. I don’t get it.

Feb 21, 2014 12:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sabrefencer wrote:
Some day New York City, you will wake up and realize, some of these these smooth tawking people, like de blasio that you elect, are just that…only that……This is just the very first public exposure, of what total inability, this mayor has in his governing repertoire….you have elected a miniature Obama and all that that entails….tawk , tawk, tawk and nothing else, but failed policies that they enact upon the people..

Feb 21, 2014 1:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
lensmanb wrote:
Just like Rochester’s new mayor speeding down the thruway. I guess if your politically connected the laws don’t apply to you.

Feb 21, 2014 1:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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