Mayor orders police to pull over texting driver

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.

At a Vision Zero news event on Tuesday the mayor said, "The other day we were on the FDR and I told my detail, I saw someone like right next to me out the window texting while driving – the traffic was slow, so I’m sure they thought they could get away with – they were texting while driving, they were not pay attention to the road. I said 'go pull them over.'  It’s like they got to learn that this is not acceptable."

The driver did get a ticket, according to the NY Post.  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.