After Mayor Bill de Blasio's official vehicles were caught on video by a local news crew speeding, running stop signs and changing lanes without signaling, residents of de Blasio's Park Slope neighborhood said that the mayor needs to set a better example for citizens. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
On the mayor's home turf in Park Slope, neighbors were talking about the WCBS-TV video showing his official vehicles breaking traffic laws.
"I think he should probably follow the traffic laws, at least in residential neighborhoods, unless there is an emergency," said one resident.
"The law should apply to everybody," said another. "It's not just 'cause you are in politics, you should do what you want. I don't think it's fair for everybody else."
Others thought this was especially true, considering the video came out just days after the mayor announced proposed traffic safety initiatives for the five boroughs.
"If that's the usual protocol for driving the mayor around, then that's what they usually do, but since he's just made such a big deal out of the traffic problems, which I totally agree with, it seems like they should be more careful," said one person.
"That's pretty messed up," said another. "He should know better. He's our mayor."
Not everyone was so quick to blast the mayor for this one, however, since the New York City Police Department members transporting him are charged with protecting him.
"I think he's the mayor. He needs to be driven around and get some kind of special treatment to keep him safe," said one person.
"He does have to get places quicker than we do, and maybe his driver is going to speed," said another. "It's a lesson learned. I feel like he's a humble man. He's going to get it. I'm still behind him 100 percent."
Mostly, though, folks felt that the mayor needs to set an example for citizens.
"I think he can slow down," said one person.
One neighbor felt the media was blowing this out of proportion, saying, "I'm going to give the mayor a pass on this," but most said that if de Blasio wants people to take it easy on the roads, he should do the same.