Just days after Bill de Blasio unveiled an ambitious plan to reduce pedestrian safety deaths through lower speed limits, CBS New York reports that the mayor’s caravan was spotted speeding and blowing past stop signs.
During tonight’s evening news, CBS reporter Marcia Kramer said the allegations–which included clocking Mr. de Blasio going up to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit–smacked of hypocrisy.
“When Mayor de Blasio announced his safe streets initiative, which includes lowering the speed limit to 25 miles per hour, he said, and I quote, ‘We want the public to know that we are holding ourselves to this standard.’ So we decided to see if he practices what he preached. All I can say is: Not today he didn’t,” said Ms. Kramer.
Ms. Kramer proceeded to narrate footage of the apparent traffic violations.
“These are Mayor de Blasio’s cars going through a stop sign at a Queens intersection today,” she said. “And it wasn’t the only traffic violation caught on tape by CBS2 cameras–safety violations that came just two days after he announced a massive plan to prevent traffic deaths and slow drivers down.”
Ms. Kramer added that Mr. de Blasio himself would have been aware of at least some of the issues at hand.
“The mayor was in the front passenger seat of the lead car, driven by a member of his security detail. But being in the front, he could clearly see the stop sign violations. Here’s another one. And as I followed him, his words at the road safety press conference weighing in my ears,” she continued.
The mayor’s office referred Politicker to the NYPD, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment. “The police said they are reviewing it and will get back to me,” Ms. Kramer said.
Audio of the segment can be listened to below: