Press Release Article


Date: Aug 28, 2003
Press Release Number: 114-2003

Port Authority Police will operate Driving While Intoxicated checkpoints at Port Authority crossings during the Labor Day weekend to help ensure travelers enjoy a safe and happy holiday.

Drivers traveling through the Holland and Lincoln tunnels and crossing the George Washington Bridge will be subject to inspection between 10 p.m. Friday, August 29, and 6 a.m. Saturday, August 30. In addition to checking drivers, police will distribute literature on the dangers of drinking and driving.

Charles D. De Rienzo, the Port Authority\'s Director of Public Safety and Superintendent of Police, said, \"The goal of the checkpoints is to remind people that it is unlawful and dangerous to drink and drive. DWI checkpoints are designed to make travelers think twice about drinking and driving. These enforcement measures prevent accidents and save lives.\"

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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