MANHATTAN — The message is crystal clear from the NYPD: For those who resolve to drink and drive this vacation weekend, anticipate to face penalties.
It’s additionally the primary Fourth of July the place marijuana is authorized and police say they’re cracking down on that too.
July Fourth this 12 months is a time to rejoice a number of events — our nation’s independence and popping out on the opposite facet of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s not a time to drink and drive or to interact in different harmful habits that dangers our personal lives and people of our fellow New Yorkers,” Hank Gutman, commissioner of New York Metropolis’s Division of Transportation, mentioned.
NYPD Chief of Transportation Kim Royster says they are going to be further vigilant.
“Officers on our highways and native streets will probably be laser-focused on impaired drivers,” Royster mentioned.
“These officers are expert and particularly skilled to detect drivers that drive drunk or excessive on medicine.”
The police division simply misplaced one in all its personal this April after Officer Anastasios Tsakos was struck and killed by a drunk driver in Queens.
The NYPD is urging everybody to catch a experience from somebody they know or take a cab.
“If not, as you’ll be able to see right here, we’ve got a experience for you,” Royster, pointing to the NYPD Freeway Patrol bikes, mentioned.
Though marijuana is now authorized, the NYPD is reminding everybody that you simply nonetheless can’t drive below the affect of that both.
“Simply take into consideration this and I’ll make it simple — the identical guidelines that apply to driving drunk are the identical guidelines that apply to smoking hashish,” Royster added. “Let me be clear, in case you resolve to be egocentric and get behind the wheel whereas impaired, the NYPD will arrest you, we’ll take your car, and you’ll be taught the implications.”
The elevated enforcement will begin on Friday, July 2 and can run by way of late Monday, July 5.