2016-12-28 / Front Page

NYPD Issues ‘Stern Warning’ To New Year’s Motorists

By LIz Goff
Queens police officials have issued a “stern, new warning” to motorists who party too hard and get behind the wheel over the upcoming long New Years Eve weekend.

Police officials said cops at local precincts will be out in force from December 26 through January 2, 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,” a top-ranking NYPD official told the Gazette. “Anyone caught driving under the influence of alcohol will be arrested and processed through the system. That means at least a night behind bars,” the official said.

The NYPD is aware that the holidays are a time for family gatherings, celebrations and parties that include alcohol, the official explained. “That’s why we constantly remind people to designate a driver who will see to it that everyone gets home safely.”

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.”

Police officers throughout the city have been trained to observe motorists to determine if they have had too much to drink, NYPD officials said. “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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