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That’ll teach ‘em: Slope pol pushes bill forcing law-breaking drivers to relearn rules of road before returning to wheel

Land raider: Park Slope Councilman Brad Lander stood with District Attorney Eric Gonzalez as he announced a new bill at City Hall Park on Tuesday that targets the city’s most reckless drivers.
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A Park Slope pol wants to pull cars belonging to thousands of law-breaking motorists from city streets and force the rogue riders to go back to drivers’ ed before their wheels are returned, according to legislation he announced last week.

Councilman Brad Lander’s bill — written in response to driver Dorothy Bruns’s road-side slaughter of two kids and an unborn baby on Ninth Street in March — would give local officials the authority to impound or boot vehicles issued more than five violations by speed and red-light cameras in one year, and require their owners to attend a so-called “reckless driver accountability program” to reclaim their rides.

Bruns — whose Volvo racked up five camera violations in 2017 alone, according to records — is far from the worst of the city’s drivers, according to Lander, who said more than 25,000 other motorists committed just as many, if not more, infractions that year, necessitating a crackdown on bad behavior behind the wheel.

“There are thousands of drivers on our streets whose track record is just as bad as hers, and in some cases worse … who put the lives of their neighbors at risk with impunity,” Lander said at a press conference outside City Hall alongside District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and a bevy of safe-street advocates.

Impounding vehicles would help officials close a current loophole that lets the owners of cars that receive multiple camera violations drive off with meager $50 fines, according to Lander, because the state cannot revoke a license for infractions caught on film since cameras only capture a car’s license-place number, not the person
behind the wheel.

Mayor DeBlasio demanded Albany lawmakers introduce similar legislation weeks after the deadly Park Slope crash, although he suggested suspending the vehicle registration of cars caught more than five times by cameras within a two-year period.

And Hizzoner did not call for the drivers’ ed class, which Lander said would be modeled after a program piloted at the Red Hook Community Justice Center — a so-called community court overseen by city and state officials that doles out rehabilitative sentences to minor-crime offenders in the area.

In 2016, the Justice Center mandated 298 law-breakers participate in the driver-accountability program, which emphasizes the “impact on victims” and fosters “meaningful behavioral change,” according to a report from the program’s creators at the Center for Court Innovation, a national organization that advocates for criminal-justice reform.

Twelve of Lander’s Council colleagues pledged to support his bill, which he introduced on June 7, but Manhattan Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez — chairman of the body’s Transportation Committee, which must sign off on the legislation before it can go to a full vote — has yet to lend his support, according to the Park Slope pol.

But even if the Council passes the bill, it will be toothless if state pols fail to pass their own legislation extending the city’s school-zone speed-camera program, which provides funding for the technology and is set to expire on July 1.

Days before Lander’s announcement, DeBlasio hosted a May 30 press conference in Park Slope where he called on Albany to extend and expand the speed-camera program to streets around even more city learning houses, while also teasing plans for Ninth Street’s long-awaited redesign, which he said will include a protected bike path, narrower traffic lanes for vehicles, and new loading regulations to reduce double parking.

Department of Transportation bigwigs will present the agency’s full plan for Ninth Street later this month, according to a rep.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 3:42 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Wilbur D. Horse from Misterrogers says:
So YOU will be punished for summonses issued while OTHERS drove your car?? We're getting carried away here, folks.
June 7, 6:04 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Bikers don't need to relearn the rules of the road because they never learned them in the first place.
June 7, 6:23 am
Frank from Furter says:
Yes you are responsible if you lend your car to irresponsible drivers. You have to pay the ticket too.it's not like they take your car away after the first one. It's 4 ,tickets in one year!
June 7, 8:18 am
Tyler from pps says:
Wilbur -- It's not like you didn't know about the summonses... they were sent to the owner of the vehicle, right? So, the responsible owner would remove those driving privileges from the driver who can't drive lawfully.

It's really simple.

Why wouldn't you think you'd bear some of the responsibility?
June 7, 9:13 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Typical Democrat, stealing money from working class people anyway they can. And people wonder why Republicans control every aspect of the federal government.
June 7, 9:38 am
Tyler from pps says:
Stop running read light, speeding, driving in bus lanes and parking illegally... Then no one will "steal" your money. And no one will impound you car.

Why is this such a hard concept?

I drive 5 days per week in Brooklyn and have received 2 parking tickets and no other violations in 12+ years. It's not that hard.
June 7, 10:11 am
Vision Zero from Zero Vision says:
Motorists are the most self entitled people on the road. Some of the above comments prove this.
June 7, 11:23 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Yup, absolutely entitled. Entitled to my freedom of movement that comes from owning an automobile. Attempt to take away people’s freedom at your own risk.
June 7, 1:32 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Freedom to not stop at stop signs?
June 7, 1:46 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Freedom to stop your car in the middle of the road (double-parking)?
June 7, 1:46 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Freedom to drive over 40 in a residential area?
June 7, 1:46 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Freedom to block bus lanes?
June 7, 1:47 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Tyler, I was responding to the usual idiocy from the brain dead coward.

Listen Chump, you have no point. I see you are off your meds again and back to the internet tough guy act. Try it in person anytime you like.
June 7, 1:51 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Go smoke a pole, Ford, we are over your BS
June 7, 2:14 pm
Goggles Pie-Zzanno from Bedrock, Brooklyn says:
Drivers should have to retake the road and written tests every five to seven years, regardless .
June 7, 2:43 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
No one cares what you are over, Tyler. Nice homophobia from the oh so tolerant liberal. Typical.
June 7, 4:08 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Someone else posted that little epithet on my behalf, though I do not disagree with the spirit of it.

Probably would have gone with something more along the lines of "Go screw yourself." I hope that is more to your liking, Henry.

It also a little ironic calling someone else brain dead given your comments above -- the government "stealing" from you (because you drive unsafely) and how they're taking away your freedom (to harm others)
June 7, 4:26 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
The government doesn’t steal from me for unsafe driving. The theft is in the form of taxes, tolls, etc, that are supposed to go towards the MTA, yet the subways are falling apart. Whose pockets does all that toll money go into? The freedom comment was in response to the overall desire to take away the right of individuals to own their own cars, using the bleating of the homophobic troll here as a spring board.
June 7, 4:42 pm
Benny from Williamsburg says:
⬆⬆⬆trump Loving Idiot⬆⬆⬆
June 7, 5:54 pm
Frank from Furter says:
We all pay the increased costs of unsafe driving through higher insurance costs. There are way too many accidents and deaths..including peds drivers and cyclists. And we all are paying for the poor condition of the roads.
June 7, 5:57 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I cant wait until White America really takes over. —— all you lib-a-tards.
June 7, 6 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Will there also be a call to crackdown on cyclists that are known for flouting the laws as well? Then again, just like Paul Steely White, Brad Landers most likely has an anti-car bias. Another thing is that he will most likely never call out any cyclists that flout the laws because of the campaign contributions White probably gives him. For the record, I am against reckless drivers, and calling out cyclists that flout the laws doesn't mean that I turn a blind eye to them.
June 7, 6:53 pm
Frank from Furter says:
The pd conducts periodic blitz enforcement days against bikes and drivers...rarely against pedestrians even though the city council did raise the led fine to 25 dollars from 2.
June 7, 9:57 pm
Frank from Furter says:
Pedestrian fine
June 7, 9:58 pm
Marcy from Park Slope says:
Why not just send them back to their own countries?!? They are here illegally!!
June 8, 5:06 am
hates Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Let's be clear, moron, driving is not a right. Being unsafe is illegal.

And everyone hates you.
June 8, 7:45 am
Frank from Furter says:
5 or more red light/speeding tickets represents less than 1% of the registered cars yet it represents 20% of the tickets issued in 2017.
1 ticket is a fluke
2 is a trend and
3 or more means you are unsafe(imo).
BTW if these were moving violations it would cost you a ton of money more.

besides the fines you would also pay a NY State Driver responsibility surcharge of hundreds of dollars extra too https://dmv.ny.gov/tickets/pay-driver-responsibility-assessment

3 red lights moving violation within 18 months would cost a minimum of $750.00

lets get the police to issue more!
June 8, 10:03 am
Mustafa Khant from Atlantic Ave says:
Surcharge? Isn't that double jeopardy?
June 8, 10:37 am
Frank from Furter says:
It's a civil fine..and yes it's an added charge.
June 8, 11:13 am
Charles from Bklyn says:
Sounds like a good idea, and I am driver. A bad drivers are in double jeapordy of hurting themselves and others.
June 8, 3:48 pm
Wilbur D. Horse from Funkytown says:
On second thought, this law does not go far enough. The license, of the saleswoman who sold the car to you, should Also be suspended! After all, she must have you were a speed demon! And the license of your back seat driver should be revoked. Now, take off your shoes and belt before you get behind the wheel. Safety first; it's for your own good, folks. Don't argue with the government.
June 10, 6:33 am
Mustache Pete from Windsor Terrace says:
Here's a click bait question for Brooklyn Paper - Why do my comments get removed while Henry Ford from Bay Ridge's hate-filled bile and p-----g matches go untouched? Is Henry the editor?
June 11, 11:34 am

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