2016-07-20 / Front Page

NYPD Continues Summer Driving Crackdown

By Liz Goff

Police from the Queens Highway Patrol Unit and local precincts hit the street recently in the kickoff of an NYPD crackdown on drunk driving.

The offensive dubbed, “Operation Cold Sober,” targets motorists who get behind the wheel after a night out at local clubs and taverns, police said.

The crackdown put a significant number of cops on the street after the 4 a.m. closing time of most Queens bars and nightclubs, on the lookout for drunk drivers, police sources said.

The crackdown is sending cops to hot spots to identify drunk drivers, administer Breathalyzer tests and detain drunken motorists at traffic checkpoints, the sources said.

Police officials said the stepped-up enforcement is necessary to catch drunk drivers in the early morning hours, when they are finished partying for the night.

Cops assigned to the Highway Unit are trained to identify drunk drivers by observing a motorists’ demeanor, how he or she is handling a vehicle and by engaging in conversation with the motorist to determine motor skills and if he or she is slurring their words, police sources said.

Police at the 114th Precinct recently issued their annual warning to motorists who drink and drive, advising motorists that they will establish checkpoints throughout the command to nab drunk drivers, issue summonses to motorists who fail to wear seat belts and to those who insist on talking or sending text messages on their cell phones while driving.

Police officials said Operation Cold Sober, along with seat belt and cell phone enforcement, would continue on weekends and holidays throughout the summer.

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