(New York, NY) – Another week, another high-profile question of competency for new New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NY). Just last week, de Blasio had his hands full when he kept the city’s public schools open during a major winter storm. The latest issue may drive him to drink – literally.
To eliminate driving fatalities in New York City, de Blasio unveiled his “Vision Zero” initiative on Tuesday. Among the recommendations found in the 62-point plan: reduce the city’s speed limit from 30mph to 25mph. At the time, de Blasio said his staff would be “holding ourselves to this standard,” meaning his office would follow the new rules spelled out in Vision Zero.
Unfortunately, his staff didn’t get the memo. Or maybe Vision Zero will apply to the mayor sometime in the distant future. Whatever the reason, de Blasio’s convoy violated several traffic laws just two days after his big announcement. Below is a conservative list of the violated laws and the license points each violation would earn an average, ordinary, everyday New Yorker:
|Driving or Rolling Through a Stop Sign||3|
|Driving or Rolling Through a Stop Sign a Second Time||3|
|Going 10mph over the 30mph Speed Limit||3|
|Going 15mph over the 45mph Speed Limit||4|
Charges of blocking intersections and failure to signal when changing lanes can be added to the above list. And a total of 13 points is extra-bad news for de Blasio; your license can be suspended with 11 points in New York.
“The mayor doesn’t want to say he’s above the laws enforced on average, ordinary, everyday New Yorkers,” said a de Blasio spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity. “He doesn’t want to say it. It’s true, but he doesn’t want to actually say it.”
Requests for further comment to de Blasio’s office on the incident were referred to the New York Police Department (NYPD). Requests for further comment from the NYPD were referred to de Blasio’s office.
For input from the Federal government, the Department of Transportation (DOT) weighed in, citing states’ rights.
“Any driving laws that aren’t Federal driving laws are the laws of the particular jurisdiction,” said a DOT spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Plus, it’s New York City. Twenty-five miles per hour? Please! It’s New York! What kind of driving do you people actually expect?”