2018-03-28 / Front Page

Announce Easter, Passover ‘Zero Tolerance’ Enforcement

By Liz Goff
Police from the Queens Highway Patrol Unit and local precincts will hit the streets this week, in an NYPD crackdown aimed at curbing motor vehicle accidents and motor vehicle and bicycle offenses over Easter and Passover observations – including Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Good Friday observations.

The enforcement initiative will take place from March 25th through April 9th, and will also put a “significant number” of cops on the street after the 4 a.m. closing time of most local bars and nightclubs, on the lookout for drunk drivers, police said.

Police will establish traffic checkpoints at local “hot spots” where trained officers will identify drunk drivers, administer Breathalyzer tests and detain motorists when necessary. The stepped-up enforcement is designed to catch drunk drivers in the early morning hours, when they are finished partying for the night.

A number of officers assigned to the detail have been trained to identify drunk drivers by observing a motorists’ demeanor, how he or she is handling a vehicle and by engaging in conversation with motorists to determine motor skills and if he or she is slurring their words, police officials said.

Cops will summons cyclists who flaunt the law by pedaling through red lights and stop signs, zigzag through traffic and commit other traffic-related offenses.

The crackdown sill also target motorists who fail to wear seat belts and those who insist on talking or sending text messages on electronic devices while driving.

Motorists are advised to check for local street closings on Friday, March 30th, when several Roman Catholic parishes hold Good Friday observations and on April 7th, when the Greek Orthodox community observes Good Friday.

The two Easter observations overlap the Jewish observation of Passover, which begins on Friday, March 30th and culminates on Saturday, April 8th.













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