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NYC pol with 8 speeding tickets in school zones finally says he should slow down

NYC pol with 8 speeding tickets in school zones finally says he should slow down

A city councilman exposed by The Post for repeatedly speeding in school zones admitted Thursday that “I should slow down” — but had to be pressured into promising that he actually will.

Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn), who’s running for city comptroller, also tried to downplay his dismal driving record when he was confronted about his lead foot at the start of an appearance on NY1’s “Inside City Hall.”

The previously scheduled interview took place just hours after The Post exclusively revealed that Lander has racked up eight school-zone speeding tickets since 2016, even though he’s publicly promoted speed cameras outside city schools and pushed legislation to crack down on reckless drivers.

“I’ve been a strong advocate for speed cameras, for curbing reckless driving,” he said.

“The cameras are working. I should slow down. I’m glad there’s more of them.”

Host Errol Louis noted that Lander, who was the prime sponsor of a bill to let the city seize the cars of repeat offenders, “got the enforcement that you hoped for, but it doesn’t seem to have changed your own behavior.”

Brad Lander has been an advocate for speed cameras near NYC schools.
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“First, I’m so far below the threshold of reckless drivers that my legislation would target — the top 1 percent of reckless drivers,” Lander said.

Lander also noted that his bill, which was signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio last year, “actually hasn’t gone into effect yet.”

“I am proud to be a champion to combat reckless driving,” he said.

“Drivers should slow down, I should slow down. We can make our streets safer.”

When asked about city records that show he’s amassed 118 vehicle and traffic violations since 2013, Lander said, “The overwhelming number of those are parking tickets.”

“Eight of them are speeding violations over five years, that’s an average of one or two speeding violations a year,” he said.

“Look, I should slow down, but that’s what the story is.”

Louis then pressed Lander on his speeding habit and asked, “You’re saying you will slow down?”

City Council member Brad Lander joins local politicians and community members in attending a vigil on April 19, 2021 in New York City.
City Council member Brad Lander joins local politicians and community members in attending a vigil on April 19, 2021.
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“I work hard to slow down, I will slow down,” Lander said.

“But, again, eight tickets over five years – it’s one or two a year. It’s way less than the most reckless drivers, who are at 15-plus.”

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