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Mayor de Blasio’s Vehicle Filmed Running Stop Signs, Speeding, Days After Announcing Speed Limit Reduction Plan

Newly released video shows the vehicle escorting Mayor Bill de Blasio around the city running stop signs, speeding, and committing enough traffic violations to earn the driver a license suspension had he actually been ticketed.

Just days earlier, de Blasio was announcing a new initiative to cut down on pedestrian deaths by slashing the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph on city streets.

During a press conference to announce the plan, de Blasio said it was “about each of us taking greater responsibility every time we get behind the wheel.”  He later added, “We want the public to know that we are holding ourselves to this standard.”

Not so, according to video released by CBS 2 in New York:

Just days after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an aggressive plan to prevent traffic deaths, CBS 2 cameras caught the driver of a car carrying the mayor violating a number of traffic laws.

As CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday, the mayor’s two-car caravan was seen speeding, blowing through stop signs, and violating other traffic laws. Kramer reported that if the driver of the lead car, which carried the mayor in its passenger seat, would have racked up enough points to get his license suspended if he’d been ticketed.

CBS 2 crews found Mayor de Blasio’s cars going through a stop sign at a Queens intersection, and that wasn’t the only traffic violation caught on tape.

The mayor’s two-car caravan violated speed laws and racked up other motor vehicle violations after he held a news conference in Maspeth, Queens on pothole repairs. 

Despite the mayor’s desire to decrease speed limits in the city to curb pedestrian deaths, his vehicles were clocked going up to 45 mph in a 30 mph zone, and 60 in a 45 mph zone.

The reporter indicates that the traffic violations in this trip alone would have earned 13 points on the driver’s license.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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