Earlier this month we reported on New York’s new smoking ban, which will prohibit cigarette smoking at public beaches and parks. City Council passed the ban 36-12, and it will take effect on June 2 of this year. So what will a police officer do if you light up at a beach or park? According to Mayor Bloomberg, nothing, really.
The Daily News reports that Bloomberg told a caller to his radio show that slapping smokers on the wrist will not be the NYPD’s duty.
“The police will not be enforcing this. That’s not going to be their job.”
“This is going to be enforced by public pressure.”
“On the beaches there’s some Parks Department people” to make New Yorkers comply with the new law, Bloomberg said. “But mainly it’s just everybody’s going to turn to you and say, ‘Hey, you shouldn’t be smoking.’ And you know, most people listen to that.”
Not sure if we’re hearing the mayor correctly on this one, but that sounds like a call for vigilante law. Get your costumes ready, crime fighters, it’s time to take back the streets (and by “streets,” we mean public parks and beaches; people are still allowed to smoke on actual streets — for now).