Cops Announce ‘Zero Tolerance’ Holiday Driving Crackdown
Police officials this week issued a warning to motorists who party too hard and get behind the wheel over the holidays.
Officials announced a zero tolerance crackdown on motorists who drive drunk during the upcoming holiday season – Thanksgiving week through New Years Day. The enforcement includes a series of undisclosed DWI checkpoints in Astoria and Long Island City and increased enforcement by patrol and precinct highway safety officers.
“When we say zero tolerance we mean zero tolerance,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. “Anyone caught driving under the influence of alcohol will be arrested and processed through the system.”
Kelly said the NYPD is aware that the holidays are a time for family gatherings, celebrations and parties that include alcohol.
“That’s why we constantly remind people to designate a driver who will see to it that everyone gets home safely,” Kelly said.
Kelly said officials at local precincts are determined to prevent a potential alcohol-related holiday tragedy this season. “Motorists who drive drunk are not just breaking the law,” Kelly said. “They are putting lives in danger.”
Police at the 114th Precinct are trained to observe motorists to determine if they have had too much to drink, officials said. “If you’re out there driving drunk we will find you,” they said. “If you are caught drunk behind the wheel, be prepared to spend some time behind bars.”