Mayor Michael Bloomberg joins the ticket scandal conversation
“On his weekly radio show today, Mayor Bloomberg indicated that many of the fixed tickets in the massive NYPD ticket scandal were for moving violations – which he described as far more serious than mere parking summonses.
“These are all not parking tickets,” said the mayor.
“These are moving violation tickets that we’re talking about, which is, you could argue, a lot more serious because maybe you were drunk driving, or maybe speeding if you kill somebody whereas, parking could be in front of a fire hydrant, which could be dangerous or at a crossing, it’s an inconvenience.”
Mayoral aide translates Bloomberg’s comments
“A mayoral aide explained later that most of the tickets that cops give out are for moving violations.
The aide said cops account for only 15 percent of the tickets issued for parking infractions, with civilian parking agents writing 85 percent.
The aide said further that the “evidence” the mayor was referring to were press accounts of the ticket-fixing scandal, not NYPD reports.”
What does this all mean? Does it mean Mayor Mike misspoke? Or, his comments were based solely on reading what the reporters had to say about the growing scandal? C’mon Mayor.
Is this a parking ticket scandal, or a parking ticket and traffic ticket scandal? Is the scandal solely confined to the Bronx blue line; or is ticket fixing a common practice in all five boroughs?
As the scandal appears to grow and take on a life of its own, the public does not have an accurate account of all the facts. The real, accurate facts will be revealed soon enough.
“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” Saint Augustine Carthaginian author, saint, & church father (354 AD – 430 AD)
What do you think? Does the Mayor have more information than he is revealing, or has he demanded the “cone of silence?” Does the public have accurate facts yet? Or, is all of this conjecture? Please comment. Your opinion matters.