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NYC mayor has his police detail pull over texting driver

Posted at 7:49 AM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 07:49:01-05

NEW YORK (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.

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Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com