In a video that has since gone viral, the unnamed officer can be heard saying, “Mayor de Blasio wants us to give out summonses, OK? Alright? I don’t know if you voted for him or not.” The officer reveals he does not reside in the five boroughs and thus is not responsible for the Mayor’s policies. “I wouldn’t have voted for him because this is what he wants; he wants us to give out summonses.”
The 10-second recording was captured by the driver’s dashboard camera. “I understand, I understand,” the driver responds.
As part of his Vision Zero program, the Mayor has cracked down on drivers and demanded more enforcement. Yet, according to NYPD data, summonses for motor vehicle violations have actually declined compared with the same time in 2012 during Mayor Bloomberg’s administration.
In January and February of 2012, some 197,925 moving violation summons were issued, compared with 181,892 summonses for the same period in 2016.
Neither the NYPD, nor the motorist has commented thus far on the incident or where it occurred.