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NEW YORK – This Fourth of July weekend, New York City is imposing major Vision Zero enforcement and education action against impaired driving.
Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio joined NYPD Chief of Transportation Kim Royster, NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Hank Gutman, and Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) Commissioner Aloysee Heredia Jarmoczuk in making the announcement.
“Every holiday weekend brings dangerous driving, and we know what works best: education and targeted enforcement,” said Mayor de Blasio. “If you’re under the influence this holiday weekend, hail a ride home. There’s no excuse to drive under the influence, and NYPD will be out in force to keep New Yorkers safe on the streets.”
“As is true each year, all facets of the NYPD will be working in unison with our government partners this holiday weekend to ensure that everyone who walks, bikes, drives and travels in New York City can enjoy a safe 4th of July,” said NYPD Chief of Transportation Kim Royster. “Our highway and patrol units are adding extra layers of enforcement, across all five boroughs. We’re raising awareness about the dangers of impaired driving and other poor choices. We’re asking all New Yorkers to share in the responsibility of keeping our roads and highways safe. Only by working together can we maintain one another’s well-being as we celebrate the joy of our nation’s Independence Day.”
According to NYPD, as increased incidents of impaired-driving related traffic fatalities occur around seasonal holidays, the NYPD will focus on identifying and arresting impaired drivers during the entire Independence Day weekend and beyond. Its anti-DWI/drugged driving efforts this season will be citywide and will take place with significant focus in every precinct. NYPD said it will deploy specialized officers trained to specifically detect and take action against impaired, dangerous drivers.
Meanwhile, the Taxi and Limousine Commission said New Yorkers can choose from a range of TLC-Licensed services to get home safely during the holiday weekend. Over 170,000 drivers are licensed by the TLC to serve the riding public, and these transportation professionals work across sectors that include Yellow Taxis, Green Taxis, Black Cars, and Livery Cars. Passengers can street hail or use apps to ride taxis, and they can connect with more than 850 For-Hire Bases by calling a car service or tapping an app.
In keeping with Mayor de Blasio’s State of the City commitments, DOT said it is working to create a Bike Boulevard in each borough in 2021 and has already presented designs to community boards in the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. Under the “Red Carpet to Recovery” initiative, DOT will install a record-breaking series of dedicated bus priority projects this year, along with 30 miles of protected bike lanes. That includes the new two-way bike lane now being installed on the Brooklyn Bridge, which will open in the fall.