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N.Y. Mayor Admits He’s Jaywalked

March 2, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ After announcing a crackdown on speeding in the city, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was defending himself Monday against charges he himself is a violator.

Giuliani was seething over a Daily News report that he defied his own crackdown on speeding, part of his heavily publicized campaign to improve the quality of life in the city.

Columnist Michael Daly reported Sunday that Giuliani’s chauffeur-driven Chevy Suburban violated speed limits a dozen times on a trip to and from Staten Island on Friday.

Daly said he clocked the mayor’s car at 72 mph in a 50-mph zone on the Gowanus Expressway, and 66 mph past a 40 mph sign at the Verrazano Bridge.

``I drove at pace with them. I looked at the speedometer and I wrote down what the speedometer said,″ he said by telephone.

Giuliani said that was impossible.

``If you’ve ever ridden in my van you know that because my van is a very uncomfortable ride,″ he said. ``And whenever it goes about 60 miles an hour, people are bouncing up and down, flying all over the place.″

He did admit, however, to violating another of the quality of life rules: the one against jaywalking.

``I’ve jaywalked since the time that I’ve raised the issue,″ said Giuliani, who nevertheless insisted it was dangerous and wrong. ``I’ve said to myself that you’ll eventually catch me jaywalking because I do it as a matter of habit and instinct.″

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