Councilman Brad Lander

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Councilman Calls For Tougher Penalties For Repeat Reckless Driving Violations

June 05, 2018 - 6:38 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- There's a move in New York City to crack down on reckless drivers by booting their cars.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Sugerman reported, getting caught by a red-light camera or speeding through radar warrants a $50 ticket – whether a driver commits one offense or 47 offenses, as one driver did last year.

“Right now, it’s just a $50 ticket, no matter how many of those cameras you get caught by,” said city Councilman Brad Lander (D-39th).

Lander says that is not right. He wants drivers to take a special course after four offenses – though taking the course would be voluntary.

“But if you don’t (take the course) and you get a fifth violation, then the city’s going to boot or impound your car,” Lander said.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez likes the idea just fine.

“People who are driving who are not safe to be behind the wheel continue to drive,” Gonzalez said. “This helps us identify them.”

The idea was spawned after a woman with five such violations killed two children and injured a pregnant mother who later lost her baby in Park Slope, Brooklyn earlier this year. Dorothy Bruns now stands charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, assault, and reckless driving.