In a joint effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives, the Garden City Police Department along with various other police departments throughout Nassau County will be participating in the “DWI Crackdown” Enforcement Initiative targeting intoxicated and drugged drivers. The Nassau County Traffic Safety STOP DWI Program, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) and the New York State STOP DWI Coordinators Association is funding the Fourth of July initiative.
This American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes. Over the 4th of July holiday period in 2018 (6:00 p.m. July 3 to 5:59 a.m. July 5): 193 people died in motor vehicle crashes. Forty percent (78) of those fatalities occurred in alcohol-impaired crashes.
Police Commissioner Kenneth Jackson states, “During this initiative, July 3 through July 5 police officers will be assigned to monitor the village’s roadways strictly enforcing all DWI laws.”
The GTSC and the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation remind motorists that their “Have a Plan” mobile app, is available for Apple, Droid and Windows smartphones. The app enables New Yorkers to locate and call a taxi or rideshare service and program a designated driver list. It also provides information on DWI laws and penalties and a way to report a suspected impaired driver.