EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Four local police departments are joining forces this summer to promote safe driving along with alcohol and drug enforcement.
Bronxville, Eastchester, Scarsdale and Tuckahoe Alcohol and Drug Enforcement conducted their first joint operation on June 24, and more are planned throughout the summer.
"We partnered with undercover operations for the strict enforcement of underage drinking," said Tuckahoe Police Lt. Ray Stabile. "We also had highly visible 'Stop DWI' roving patrols and sobriety checkpoints."
The two-day event was held during the evening and overnight hours of June 24 thru June 26, high school graduation weekend in three of the four communities.
The results, according to Stabile, were three DWI arrests, six violations for possession of alcohol under the age of 21 and three arrests for possession of marijuana.
The operation also netted more than 50 moving violations, the majority issued for speeding, 3 arrests for unlicensed operation of a vehicle and one arrest of someone urinating in public.
Lt. Jeffrey Hunter of the Eastchester Police Department said that none of the DWI arrests took place in Eastchester. Officers there used the opportunity to hand out dozens of leaflets promoting safe driving. Hunter noted that an estimated 25,000 people are killed each year in alcohol-related accidents, and that one out of two individuals will be involved in an alcohol related-accident in his or her lifetime.
The brochure police handed out includes information about the zero tolerance law for drivers under 21. There is also a chart that notes it only takes a few drinks to exceed the legal limit of .08.
Finally, the brochure lets drivers know that DWI can hit them in the wallet, with estimated attorney fees that can reach $3,500, and insurance surcharge that can cost up to $4,500 and fines and insurance increases that can add another $2000 to the tab.
Stabile notes that the program is made possible with funding and coordination with the Westchester County STOP_DWI office.
Hunter said that June effort was the first of several planned for the summer. "We really want to take this opportunity to join forces and educate drivers about safe driving," he said.
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