NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has security detail pull over driver for texting

/ AP

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he was happy to be a "citizen patrol" when he directed his police detail to pull over a texting driver. The Democratic mayor says the traffic stop occurred Saturday while he was heading to a legislative event in Albany.

The New York Post reports de Blasio saw a driver texting in the car next to his on the FDR Drive in Manhattan.

De Blasio said on Tuesday that the woman needed an "on-the-spot education" about the dangers. The lesson included a ticket.

It is illegal for New York drivers to use mobile devices. Fines can range from $50 for a first offense to $400 for more than three violations.

First published on February 20, 2019

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