2015-11-11 / Front Page

Police Announce ‘Zero Tolerance’ Drunk Driving, Holiday Crackdown

By Liz Goff

Queens police officials this week issued a warning to motorists who party too hard and get behind the wheel drunk over the holidays.

Officials at SATCOM North announced a “Zero Tolerance” crackdown on drunk drivers over the upcoming holiday season in precincts throughout northern Queens from Thanksgiving week through New Years Day, including a series of undisclosed checkpoints and increased enforcement of drunk or “buzzed” drivers, seat belt offenses and enforcement of drivers caught using hand held cell phones, iPhones, tablets and other electronic devices by patrol and precinct highway safety officers.

“When we say zero tolerance we mean zero tolerance,” police officials said. “Anyone caught driving under the influence of alcohol will be arrested and processed through the system,” officials said. “Drivers caught texting or talking on electronic devices and those who fail to use seat belts will be issued summonses.”

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton 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,” Bratton said.

NYPD officials said officers at the 114th Precinct are determined to prevent any potential alcohol-related holiday tragedies in the precinct area this holiday season. “Motorists who drive drunk are not just breaking the law,” officials said. “They are putting lives in danger.”

Officials said police at local 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,” officials declared. “If you are caught drunk behind the wheel, be prepared to spend some time behind bars.”


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