City to crack down on unsafe driving for holidays

The city is cracking down on unsafe driving this holiday season to reduce traffic-related deaths as part of the mayor's Vision Zero program.



Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said Tuesday that the NYPD will focus its efforts on impaired drivers and those who commit moving violations, especially while driving at night.



The NYPD will also deploy additional traffic safety personnel to provide coverage at intersections and corridors with high rates of pedestrian injuries and fatal crashes during key dusk and darkness hours, according to officials.



According to officials, traffic deaths are down 50 percent this year compared to previous years this month.



The crackdown will include DUI checkpoints, speed enforcement and an increase in police presence at areas like Atlantic Avenue.



The goal of the Vision Zero program is to reduce traffic deaths to zero. A related Dusk and Darkness safety initiative, which increases police enforcement during the evening hours, launched last month.


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