as I say, not as I do? New York mayor's convoy seen speeding
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[February 22, 2014]
By Victoria Cavaliere
NEW YORK (Reuters) — New York Mayor Bill
de Blasio said on Friday he remained committed to reducing speed limits
and cutting down on traffic deaths in the city, a day after a local
television news crew captured his convoy speeding and ignoring stop
The driving incident comes after the new mayor rolled out an
extensive, 63-point "Vision Zero" plan this week to tackle traffic
His proposals include reducing many city speed limits to 25 miles
per hour from 30 miles per hour, and increasing the number of
"Our lives are literally in each other's hands," de Blasio said in
outlining the plan on Tuesday on Manhattan's Upper West Side, where
three pedestrians were killed last month.
De Blasio's caravan was filmed by a crew from WCBS-TV driving up to
15 miles per hour above the speed limit and blasting past two stop
signs as the mayor sat in the passenger seat of the lead car.
De Blasio's transportation and security is provided by the New York
City Police Department. The motorcade was captured making the
questionable traffic moves after de Blasio attended an event to
speak about road safety and pothole repairs, WCBS-TV said.
At a press conference on Friday afternoon, de Blasio refused to take
questions about the driving incident, saying he remained "committed
to safety" and his ambitious new traffic safety proposals.
He also said he was "very comfortable" with remarks made by New York
City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who told reporters on Friday
he had seen the video of de Blasio's motorcade and was not "overly
concerned by what I saw in the sense of the speed issue that was
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The police issued a statement saying officers in charge of the
mayor's transportation "receive specialized training in driving,
based on maintaining security as well as safety."
"The handling of police vehicles transporting any protectee is
determined solely by police personnel based on their specialized
training in executive protection and professional judgment," it
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and
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