2016-11-09 / Front Page

Police Announce ‘Zero Tolerance’ 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.
Police announced a “Zero Tolerance” crackdown 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.
“When we say zero tolerance we mean zero tolerance,” NYPD officials said. “Anyone caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be arrested and processed through the system, Drivers caught texting or talking on electronic devices, and those who fail to use seat belts will be issued summonses,” officials said.
The NYPD is aware that the holidays are a time for family gatherings, celebrations and parties that include alcohol, officials explained. “That’s why we constantly remind people to designate a driver who will see to it that everyone gets home safely,”
Pfficers at the 114th Precinct are determined to prevent any potential alcohol-related holiday tragedies in the command this holiday season, officials said. “Motorists who drive drunk are not just breaking the law - 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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