SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Extra police patrols will scour the streets of Scarsdale, Eastchester and Tuckahoe over the Memorial Day weekend, looking for everything from seatbelt violations to drunken drivers.
In Scarsdale, police personnel are worried about more than drinking and driving. With many residents traveling out of town for the long weekend, the police have increased their burglary patrol and will be extra vigilant to protect the area, Sgt. Robert Raysor said, though he wouldn’t divulge specific details.
“What we normally do, around any holiday, is to have extra patrols. Obviously, it’ll entail some DWI enforcement, but we also do a little extra patroling in and around the transportation facilities,” he said. “Burglary patrol is another thing we increase, because we know a lot of people go away.”
Raysor hinted that there could be DWI checkpoints, and that plainclothes officers may be patroling. What’s most important, he said, is that residents can celebrate and enjoy their holiday without having to worry.
“Any holiday weekend has the potential to be busy,” he said. “It’s important for the community to understand that if they go away, they can do so with a little peace of mind knowing the police are out there.”
In Tuckahoe and Eastchester, there won’t be patrols specifically targeting drunken drivers or burglars, but there will be extra law enforcement personnel on the roads, as each town is participating in the Buckle Up New York “Click it or Ticket” campaign until June 3.
Eastchester Police Lt. Robert Jensen said that while they’re always looking for motorists drinking and driving, they usually reserve "emphasis patrols" for prom season and other summer party weekends.
“We usually gear [extra patrols] toward prom week and the Fourth of July, where we set up road blocks to check,” he said. “Our normal patrols do checks on a regular basis, usually later in the evenings. More officers on the road means better awareness.”
Tuckahoe Police Sgt. Paul D’Onofrio agreed with Jensen, warning: “We’re always out looking for drunk drivers.”