2011-12-28 / Features

Queens Cops Ramp Up Drunk Driving Crackdown


Queens police officials this week issued a stern, new warning to motorists who party too hard and get behind the wheel on New Year’s Eve.

Police officials said cops at local precincts will be out in force this holiday weekend, enforcing a strict zero tolerance crackdown that will include a series of undisclosed DWI checkpoints 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. That means at least a night behind bars.”

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.

The NYPD is determined to prevent any potential alcohol-related holiday tragedy in Queens this holiday weekend,” police officials said. “Motorists who drive drunk are not just breaking the law—they are putting lives in danger.”

Kelly said cops at Queens precincts have been trained to observe motorists to determine if they have had too much to drink. “If you’re out there driving drunk we will find you. If you are caught drunk behind the wheel, be prepared to spend some time behind bars.”

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