NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he was happy to be a “citizen patrol” when he directed his police detail to pull over a texting driver. The Democratic mayor says the traffic stop occurred Saturday while he was heading to a legislative event in Albany.
The New York Post reports de Blasio saw a driver texting in the car next to his on the FDR Drive in Manhattan. The mayor told The Post, “The traffic was slow so I’m sure they thought they could get away with it. They were not paying attention to the road and I said, ‘Pull them over!'”
De Blasio said on Tuesday that the woman needed an “on-the-spot education” about the dangers. The lesson included a ticket. It is illegal for New York drivers to use mobile devices. Fines can range from $50 for a first offense to $400 for more than three violations.