Friday, June 18, 2010
Halloran confronts rule-breaking traffic officer
From the Daily News:
A city councilman who spotted a traffic cop blow through stop signs while yakking on the phone confronted the officer – and got slapped with a $165 ticket, the irate lawmaker said.
Dan Halloran (R-Queens) wants his summons dismissed and is demanding a review of every ticket the Queens traffic agent has ever written.
"The traffic agents spend a lot of time ticketing in my community and yet they feel they're above the law," Halloran griped.
The councilman was on his way to hid district office in Whitestone Monday when he says he saw Officer Daniel Chu zoom by, talking on a cell phone with his lights blazing.
"I know the traffic agents have no emergency they have to run to," Halloran said. "It immediately set my radar off."
He said he followed the car as it blasted through two stop signs while weaving in and out of traffic before illegally parking in front of a Dunkin' Donuts, where the officer went to get coffee.
Halloran says he pulled over and began snapping pictures of the officer's vehicle parked at the corner of Clintonville St. and 11th Ave.
"[Chu] comes walking out with his iced coffee in his hand," Halloran said. "He then sees me taking pictures and starts yelling at me."
Halloran said he told the surly officer that he was a city councilman.
"He said, 'Oh yeah? You want to take pictures of me? I'm going to give you a ticket,'" Halloran recalled.
Chu then wrote Halloran a $165 ticket for blocking a crosswalk. The councilman denied he was blocking it, adding that his engine was running and the car door was open.