2018-05-23 / Front Page

Cops Launch Summer ‘Zero Tolerance’ Driving Enforcement

By Liz Goff
Police from the Queens Highway Patrol Unit and local precincts will hit the streets this week, in the kickoff of an NYPD crackdown aimed at curbing traffic accidents, motor vehicle and bicycle offenses over the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The NYPD offensive will put additional cops on the street after the 4 a.m. closing time of most local bars and nightclubs, targeting motorists who get behind the wheel after a night of drinking, police said.

Police will establish traffic checkpoints at local “hot spots” where trained officers will identify drunk drivers and administer Breathalyzer tests. Officers will detain motorists, when necessary, based on test results or other signs of intoxication, police officials said.

A number officers assigned to the detail 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 officials said.

Police will also be stepping up daily enforcement of seat belt regulations and child car seat requirements, and will increase text messaging enforcement, police said.

The increased enforcement will continue on weekends and holidays throughout the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

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