(UPDATE) De Blasio’s caravan allegedly caught violating traffic laws
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s caravan allegedly broke traffic laws and sped through the streets, according to CBS 2. The station’s camera crews found the mayor’s two-car caravan speeding, rolling through stop signs and breaking other traffic laws in Queens. CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported that the driver of the first car, in which the mayor was riding, was violating so many traffic laws that he would have gotten his license suspended had he been ticketed.This comes at an especially embarrassing time for the mayor. On Tuesday, the mayor unveiled details to a traffic safety plan, Vision Zero, and advocated for reducing the citywide speed limit.
Kramer said when she followed the mayor, she saw his cars go 40 to 45 mph in a 30 mph zone and up to 60 mph in a 45 mph zone in addition to rolling through two stop signs. The total of these violations add up to 13 points – higher than the 11 points it takes to get a license suspension.
De Blasio’s press secretary Phil Walzak said in a statement, “We believe public safety is everyone’s responsibility. We also recognize NYPD’s training and protocols and refer questions related to security and transportation to them. With that in mind, Mayor de Blasio is firmly committed to the traffic safety policies outlined this week.”
The NYPD also issued a statement, saying, “The security and transportation for the Mayor are provided by the New York City Police Department. Police Department personnel assigned to the Mayor’s Security Detail receive specialized training in driving based on maintaining security as well as safety. At certain times, under certain conditions, this training may include the use of techniques such as maintaining speed with the general flow of traffic and may sometimes include tactics to safely keep two or more police vehicles together in formation when crossing intersections … 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.”