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Light Running Traffic Agent in Rush to Get Coffee, Pol Alleges

Councilman Confronts Ticket Agent After Agent Speeds Through Stop Signs

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    Light Running Traffic Agent in Rush to Get Coffee, Pol Alleges
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    NEW YORK - MAY 02: A traffic cop mans his post in a quiet Times Square near where a crude car bomb was discovered last night May 2, 2010 in New York City. Investigators say the bomb, made of propane, gasoline and fireworks, had begun to detonate but there was no explosion. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

    Usually it’s the New York City traffic cops dolling out the pain, but this time it’s a City Councilman demanding one traffic cop’s entire ticket history be reviewed.

    Dan Halloran, a City Councilman from Queens, was traveling from his office in Whitestone on Monday when he witnessed a traffic officer run through stop signs with his lights blazing while having a conversation on the phone.

    Halloran told the Daily News, "I know the traffic agents have no emergency they have to run to," Halloran noted. "It immediately set my radar off."

    Following the agent Halloran states he saw the agents vehicle weave in and out of traffic before parking illegally in front of a Dunkin’ Donuts.

    The councilman pulled over on the corner of Clintonville St. and 11th Ave., and began snapping photos of the agents illegally parked vehicle.  The officer, Daniel Chu, was inside buying coffee.

    "The traffic agents spend a lot of time ticketing in my community and yet they feel they're above the law," Halloran griped.
    When the officer noticed the pictures being snapped he exited the store, iced coffee in hand, when Halloran claims the officer exclaimed, “"He said, 'Oh yeah? You want to take pictures of me? I'm going to give you a ticket.'"

    Halloran identified himself as a city councilman, but the agent began to write him a ticket for blocking the crosswalk.  The councilman denied he was blocking it and as can be seen on the You Tube video that the councilman took of the incident; the engine was running and the car door was open. The fine for the infraction is $165.

    The councilman wants his ticket dismissed and is demanding a review of every ticket the Queens agent has ever written. 
    "If he did this to a city councilman and lied about the facts … imagine what he does to average citizens," Halloran said.