NYC mayor shrugs off speeding incident
NEW YORK — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday said he remains 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 not driving according to the rules.
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.
The new mayor has 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 mph and increasing the number of speed-tracking cameras.
At a news conference on Friday afternoon, de Blasio refused to take questions about the driving incident, saying he remains “committed to safety” and his traffic safety proposals.
He said he was “very comfortable” with remarks made by New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who told reporters 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.”
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