PRESS RELEASE *** Weekend traffic enforcement detail leads to 47 summonses, 2 vehicle impounds, and an arrest
Yonkers, NY – The Yonkers Police Department conducted an additional traffic enforcement detail during the evening hours of Friday 6/28 into the early morning hours of Saturday 6/29. Officers focused their enforcement efforts in the Central Park Avenue corridor. These concurrent weekend traffic enforcement details come in response to on-going community complaints of drag racing, speeding, and excessive noise from vehicles within this particular area.
While conducting enforcement duties, Officers observed a vehicle travelling south bound on Central Park Avenue that was being operated at a high rate of speed with an excessively loud modified muffler. Officers were able to stop the vehicle and issued the operator summonses for the violations. The operator then quickly accelerated the vehicle from the stopped position and recklessly fled the location at a high rate of speed that exceeded 60 MPH on the city street. Also inside the vehicle was a three year old child who was unsecured without a restraint in the rear seat. Officers were able to catch up to the vehicle and placed the operator under arrest for Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Reckless Driving. The vehicle was subsequently impounded with the possibility of seizure by the Yonkers Police Department.
In addition, Officers observed a vehicle being operated on Central Park Avenue that was involved in an illegal speed contest. This vehicle was stopped by Officers and the operator was issued summonses for an illegal speed contest and drag racing. The vehicle was subsequently impounded with the possibility of seizure by the Yonkers Police Department.
Police Commissioner Gardner stated, “We will not tolerate reckless driving or drag racing on our streets in Yonkers. The Yonkers Police Department will continue to vigorously enforce the vehicle and traffic law in order to ensure the safety of our residents. If you choose to take part in these activities that endanger our residents, you will be held accountable for your actions and we will make every effort to seize the vehicles involved.”
As a result of the past two weekend traffic enforcement details, a total of 117 summonses were issued to violators with 69 specifically issued for excessive speed and 17 for loud muffler/exhaust. 3 vehicle operators were issued summonses for illegal speed contests/drag racing and 4 vehicles were impounded with the possibility of seizure over the span of the two weekends.
NOTE: Booking charges are merely accusations and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
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