Mayor Bill de Blasio blamed state lawmakers for the serial traffic scofflaw charged in the hit-and-run that killed a 3-month-old Brooklyn girl — despite a city law he signed last year that was supposed to put the brakes on reckless drivers.
De Blasio cited lax laws in Albany when asked why Tyrik Mott, 28, was allowed on the road even after his car racked up 160 traffic violations, including more than 90 for speeding in city school zones. Thirty-five violations were from this year alone.
“Our laws in this state are still too lax when it comes to reckless drivers and there’s a chance to fix that now,” de Blasio said during his morning briefing Monday. “We need help in Albany.”
The mayor said a bill pending in the state legislature, the Crash Victims Rights and Safety Act, would address the issue by stiffening penalties for repeated traffic offenders.
He said the city also needs more say in the installation of speed cameras.
“There is something broken in the law because if you hurt someone with a car it should be no different than if you hurt someone with a weapon,” he said. “There should be very stringent penalties, particularly for a pattern of repetition.
“But we have to fix our laws and we have to do it quickly, and we need help from Albany,” de Blasio added.
The mayor signed a city law in February 2020 that was supposed to take dangerous drivers off the road, potentially impounding their cars after repeat offenses.
The Dangerous Vehicle Abatement Law, which went into effect earlier this year, forces reckless drivers to attend a safe driving class and would potentially impound their cars.
De Blasio on Monday called the law “a very powerful tool.”
“I think when people start to see that you could lose your vehicle, period, if you are reckless, it’s going to make a very big impact,” he told reporters.
Despite the city measure, authorities said Mott amassed a lengthy history of traffic offenses and remained behind the wheel on Saturday.
The mayor also said the driving classes “are beginning now” — and then again pointed his finger at the state capital.
“We have been fighting this scourge without the support we need from Albany,” he said. “I know there’s a lot of people in Albany that care. It’s time for them to step up and give us laws that actually help protect the lives of our kids, our seniors, that helps us take Vision Zero to the next level.”
Mott is accused of blowing a red light in Clinton Hill on Saturday, then striking another car, which plowed into the mother and baby, who was in a stroller, on the sidewalk, sources said. The 3-month-old girl died, while the mother was critically injured.
He was ordered held on $100,000 bail or $200,000 partially secured bond Sunday and is due back in court Monday.
Additional reporting by Joe Marino