Two days ago, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced "Vision Zero," a street safety plan aimed at eliminating traffic deaths in the city by 2024. However, according to the New York Post on Feb. 20, the Mayor’s SUV was caught on camera speeding and running two stop signs.
Mayor de Blasio was headed back to City Hall when his car was clocked going 15 miles per hour over the speed limit by a WCBS/Channel 2 News Crew. The car also ran two stop signs and changed lanes without signaling.
Now to be fair, the Mayor was riding shotgun, not driving. But don’t you think that a leader bent on traffic safety might have said something to the driver? Especially when said mayor personally pledged to abide by his “Vision Zero” plan, aiming to eliminate traffic deaths in New York City by 2024. One major tenet of the plan is a strict, 25-mile-per-hour speed limit.
We've put a very bold plan before you, and we want the public to know we’re holding ourselves to this standard — and we intend to achieve these goals,” he said at a Tuesday press conference.
It should be noted that this combination of violations would cost a regular citizen his/her driver’s license under New York's point system. A spokesman for the mayor reportedly said that, “The seemingly reckless driving was a police matter.”
Maybe the mayor should be a bit more careful about who he hires to drive him around. Or better yet, maybe he should drive himself, honoring his personal pledge to “Vision Zero” and saving the city a little money at the same time.