Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
Unlicensed Driving

Friday’s Headlines: Vice News’s Great Get Edition

12:04 AM EST on December 30, 2022

“Left Lane” sells screen covers. Photo: Vice News

It's our December donation drive. Click this link to donate.
It's the last weekday of our December donation drive. Click here to donate.

Wow! Here I was committing criminal mischief all over town, yet Vice News got a truly awesome scoop.

Check out Meena Duerson's great interview with a guy who admits he can't be bothered to drive the speed limit ("I have places to go," he says) so he's not only invested in an illegal plate-flipper, but he also has gone into business helping other scofflaws evade tolls and speed cameras.

Every single person at the DOT and the NYPD's Transportation Bureau should be ordered to drop everything and watch this short primer on the Sisyphean task of keeping reckless drivers from terrorizing our streets (if it's not working — because nothing works on Wordpress on the last workday of the year — click the player below):

The video really put me to shame, given that I've spent the last six weeks un-defacing, uncovering, repainting and unfolding scofflaws' plates only to be shown up by a real reporter with the guts to nab, as we call it in the business, "a great get."

Well, not to be outdone, I went out and consoled myself ... with a few more of my own bricks in the wall of resistance to our scofflaw oppressors. First, here's a guy who claims to work for the city Law Department playing fast and loose with. the very rules he's supposed to be enforcing [UPDATE: After this tweet went up, a spokesman for the Law Department said the placard in the video is fake and that the agency doesn’t even give real placards for employees’ own cars. In addition, the Law Department claims this driver is not a city employee. That doesn’t change the facts for me, though: the cover is illegal, the driver an asshole, and fake placards remain a major issue in New York City]:

Earlier, I ran into an old friend on Prospect Park West:

And I also tangled with a fake Floridian taking up space in front of my favorite hot dog joint, Dog Day Afternoon:

So all in all, there was some good hunting out there.

In other news:

  • It looks like there will be more road deaths than murders this year, which is a reminder that the city has its public safety budget priorities all messed up. (NY Post, Gothamist)
  • The Post also reported that there have been roughly 1,500 shootings so far this year — which is a lot, except when you compare it to the roughly 48,000 people who have been injured in car crashes over the same period.
  • Just before the Republicans take over the House, Sen. Chuck Schumer announced the first in what will hopefully be a long line of federal grants to start the preliminary work that will lead to the Gateway tunnels. (NYDN)
  • This Post headline unfortunately says it all: "Private guards hired by MTA arrested for NYC subway beatdown."
  • The Times looked at the fantasy that the Penn Station area is "blighted."
  • A senior citizen died of wounds he suffered earlier in the month when the driver of a BMW struck him in Queens. (NYDN)
  • Smith-Ninth Street is your favorite subway stop (well, it is the highest). (amNY)
  • Like Streetsblog, amNY and Gothamist covered the rise in Citi Bike prices.
  • Our colleague Clarence Eckerson Jr. was referenced in the latest analysis of how Jersey City got to the zero in Vision Zero. (Bloomberg)
  • Love, love, and love: Rest In Peace, Pele. (amNY)
  • Finally, let us praise our benefactors, who gave on the penultimate day of our December Donation Drive: Thanks, John! Thanks, Peter (and the employer match from Google)! Thanks, Greg! Thanks, Ed! Thanks, Mike! Thanks, Kinh! Thanks, John! Thanks, Joanne! Thanks, Jonathan! Thanks, Terry! Thanks, Andrew! Thanks, John D.! Thanks, Erik!

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Con Edison Cons Its Way Out of Paying Traffic Tickets

The massive energy company is bilking the city of tens of thousands of dollars in potential camera-issued traffic violations by obscuring its trucks’ license plates.

March 1, 2024

West Side Glory: State Begins the Process of Reimagining a True NYC Car Sewer

The state DOT will study the West Side Highway for "potential enhancements ... including [for] pedestrians and cyclists." West Side officials are cheering!

March 1, 2024

Friday’s Headlines: Closing the Bike Share Black Hole Edition

Council Member Lincoln Restler has negotiated with local religious leaders to add Citi Bike docks to south Williamsburg. Plus other news.

March 1, 2024

Manhattan Pol Upset at Delayed Rollout of Electrified Citi Bike Docks

"I urge the Department of Transportation and Con Edison to expedite the electrification of [Citi Bike] stations," Erik Bottcher wrote to the colossuses of conveyance and current last Friday.

February 29, 2024
See all posts