Run a New York City red light holding a Super Big Gulp in one hand, and you could find yourself really hosed.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who recently and notably suggested banning the sale of super-sized soft drinks in the city, proposed posting pictures and names of drivers who run red lights and commit other traffic violations in the largest U.S. city, New York-based online publication Capital reported.

Bloomberg, speaking on a radio show, proposed that the city could "shame" traffic offenders in order to dissuade people from breaking laws, according to the publication.

The New York City government had proposed posting as many as 40 speed-monitoring cameras that could be used to levy fines on violators, Capital said. That bill was overturned by legislators in Albany, the state's capital. State approval is required for New York City to instill new methods of dishing out traffic fines.

New York City does have cameras at many intersections in order to catch people who run red lights or use bus lanes.


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      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      In a city with 10 million people, 90% of which are terrible drivers, they will run out of billboards in two hours.
        Pedro Gonsalez
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        To be honest, I laughed. Thank you for that +1 However, the notoriety of NYC drivers driving poorly is greatly exaggerated. Most drivers obey the traffic laws because the NYPD will ticket for any minor infraction. Having driven through Brooklyn and Queens many times during business hours, it is more the volume of cars on the road that is overwhelming than the quality of the drivers. Also, NYC drivers have a much quicker reaction time which is often misinterpreted as aggression.
          dohc73
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pedro Gonsalez
          It's true. Anyone else that votes Pedro down does not drive in NYC on a weekly basis or have a clue at all. And spare me the mass transit retort. Sometimes mass trans does not work for where you need to be in the city and only driving in works. I will admit, I can be an a-hole, but only to the taxi drivers because they are huge a-holes. The city forces you to become a dickface, I swear. I hate it. It sucks. It's a city that was meant to be traveled in on foot or rail.
      Diz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I suggest we starting posting and shaming politicians. Oh wait......They have no shame.
      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shame a New Yorker???? I don't think that's possible...........
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is 2012 people are not easily phased or shamed by posting pictures of them speeding or any traffic violation. This might have worked back when society was much simpler but lets be honest people just are not scared of authority anymore.
      JIM J
      • 2 Years Ago
      First pictures in an attempt to shame, then "it's the citizen's duty to report offensive behavior," then what? It seems like a big stretch, but isn't that how some of the more subversive societies began? Hitler, Stalin come to mind. It seem like such a reach, but look at the freedoms that are being attacked right now. For example, is it any business of the government what, or how much we eat. Where, exactly, in the Constitution is this sort of thing addressed? Several years ago in my hometown there was a move to reduce wasteful sprinkler water. Water that was running in the gutters was not helping flowers or grass, and because most folks' sprinkler come on at 3-4 in the morning, owners were unaware. Fliers were passed around to be turned in to the city with the name of the offender so someone could come out and get problem fixed. I initially thought that was a very good idea, but once the fliers were in my hand I remember thinking this is how it starts, get comfortable turning in your neighbor for a minor infraction, then what. I threw the fliers away and decided I'd talk personally to my neighbor if I observed a sprinkler problem. Guess a lot of other folks felt the same as the program quickly went away. Watch your freedoms closely they are going away quickly before your eyes. Yeah, but this is no big deal you say, and I would agree completely...but what is going to follow might not be.
        Robert D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JIM J
        "Citizens duty to report offensive behavior" ? To which office do I file my complaint about Bloombergs behavior?
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know this will lead to someone trying to run a red light while mooning the camera through the sunroof.
      wsbfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      He needs to think inside the box a bit more.
      zizixx89
      • 2 Years Ago
      mayor bloomberg is so tired cant wait for him to leave
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      this is not going to work. If you really want to shame people, post their mugshot (or the picture from their driver's license) on their Facebook page. I think Louisianan is doing something like that with sex offenders.
      drahner
      • 2 Years Ago
      Weird, when it come to policing and prosecuting his criminal wall street friends Mini Mike is silent. Maybe he should stop worrying about sodas and traffic and deal with the thieves that caused this recession.
        RJC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @drahner
        Yes. Yet no one has gone to jail yet.
      D'Jerome
      • 2 Years Ago
      The new your mayor = Herr Dictator Bloombergitler.
      Major
      • 2 Years Ago
      Childish games instead of law enforcement. Would that the mayor would stop pandering to the public with his "get 'em" rhetoric and do something constructive for NYC, like fix the deteriorating streets. Nah, too difficult...
        Jopale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Major
        How about instead of shooting down cheaply costing ideas to solve problem, you run for office and do someehing about it, then. Nah, too difficult....
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jopale
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