Amid state push for stricter DWI level, NYPD launches crackdown on holiday drunk driving

You better watch out.

New York is stepping up its assault on speeding and drunk driving this holiday weekend, starting with a push for state legislation that would lower the legal blood-alcohol concentration threshold from .08% to .05%.

Backers of the bill say it will significantly decrease fatalities in New York State that result from intoxicated drivers.

More than 30% of crashes in New York State involve alcohol, according to state data.

The share of DWI fatalities in New York City has increased dramatically, reflecting disturbing pandemic trends involving alcohol consumption, officials said.

In 2021, 43 traffic fatalities were directly tied to DWI, a 60% increase over the prior three-year average of 27 fatalities.

A NYPD police car pulls over a vehicle in Manhattan NY.

“There is no simpler way to reduce the number of lives destroyed by drunk driving than to keep drivers from getting behind the wheel after they’ve been drinking,” said state Sen. John Liu (D-Queens).

“Plain and simple — reducing the legal blood alcohol content from .08 to .05 will save lives,” he added.

Meanwhile, extra patrols are hitting the streets to find out which drivers are being naughty or nice.

“As we do each year during the holiday season, we will be deploying our assets with our agency and government partners to ensure that all New York City road users remain safe,” said NYPD Chief of Transportation Kim Royster.

“High-visibility enforcement will take place on our highways and local streets during peak times,” she added.

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