Mayor Ordered Police To Ticket Woman He Spotted Texting While Driving

February 19, 2019 - 7:39 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio played the role of a traffic cop Saturday, when he spotted a woman texting while driving next to his motorcade.

The mayor told reporters Tuesday that he was in the back seat of his city vehicle when he saw the motorist tapping away on her phone.

“The other day we were on the FDR and I told my detail that I saw someone right next to me out my window texting while driving,” de Blasio said at a press conference in which he announced a new plan to reduce pedestrian fatalities.

He notes: “The traffic was slow so I'm sure they thought they could get away with it.”

Even if the traffic was moving slowly, he said the principle of the matter was the fact that the driver was not paying attention.

“They were not paying attention to the road, so I said, ‘go pull them over. They've got to learn that this is not acceptable,’” de Blasio said.

He told reporters he did not know whether the driver stopped was told that it was the mayor who had spotted her.

In New York, conviction of texting while driving adds five points to a driver’s license and the motorist is required to pay hefty fines and surcharges.