Mayor Adams is taking action and sharing resources to help New Yorkers enjoy a safe 4th of July weekend

July 1, 2022

NYPD officers will be on the ground throughout the city to prevent crime and gun violence

NYPD Enforcement, City Messaging will target impaired driving

New Yorkers urged to swim only where lifeguards are present, take advantage of cooling options throughout the city and watch the 4th of July fireworks safely

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced new measures and shared resources to help New Yorkers enjoy a safe July 4 holiday weekend by preventing crime and violence. gun violence, cracking down on impaired driving and offering other health and safety advice. As part of the city’s efforts, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) will have officers on the ground in all five boroughs to prevent crime with a particular focus on gun violence. The NYPD will also focus impaired driving enforcement, while the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) and the New York City Taxi and Limo Commission (TLC) will broadcast messages and offer alternative transportation options to prevent impaired and reckless driving. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation reminds all New Yorkers and visitors to swim at beaches only when and where lifeguards are present, and the Cool It! The NYC map highlights places New Yorkers can cool off across the city. The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) provides guidance for viewing the 4th of July fireworks safely, without creating the risk of a dangerous fall from a rooftop, deck, balcony, or exit. rescue.

“We will use every tool in our toolbox to provide New Yorkers with a safe and enjoyable 4th of July holiday weekend,” said Mayor Adams. “I want to say to all New Yorkers and those visiting our city: Use these resources, stay safe, and have a good time. Happy 4th of July, New York.

Crime and gun violence: Uniformed NYPD officers will be working around the clock, in every borough, to keep New Yorkers safe. The Office of Patrol Services assigns uniformed borough cadres to the field to supervise base officers on dismounted posts in targeted areas to increase police presence to deter crime and violence. Additionally, elements of the NYPD’s Summer Violence Strategy will be in place to ensure robust coverage, especially in areas of the city experiencing an increase in violent crime. Since rolling out the summer anti-violence strategy on May 1, shootings are down 19% from a year ago. As in previous years, NYPD fireworks suppression efforts are underway with teams of officers working simultaneously to prevent or respond to gun violence. In addition to visible officers as part of the NYPD’s plans for a safe July 4 vacation, department assets in the air, on the water and in the subway are being mobilized in directed maneuvers. There will also be unseen elements, with a network of cameras sending real-time footage back to the Joint Operations Center acting as a force multiplier for officers on the ground.

safe driving: The NYPD will be extremely vigilant in removing impaired drivers from our streets. The enhanced enforcement will begin on Friday and continue until the early morning hours of Tuesday. Officers will be deployed on highways and local streets with a greater focus on impaired drivers, including drunk driving and drugs. Simultaneously, DOT will continue its anti-impaired driving messaging on social media, targeting peak hours and holiday weekends to maximize awareness. Taxis and TLC-licensed rental vehicles are safe alternatives for anyone unable to drive to their destination on their own.

Access to the beach and swimming pool: The Parks Department reminds New Yorkers of the importance of water safety along its 14 miles of beaches. No one should take the unnecessary risk of swimming in closed or unsupervised areas. Instead, swim only when lifeguards are on duty. Closed beaches are marked with a red flag, which means that there is no lifeguard in the area and swimming in this area is not allowed. Lifeguards are on duty at designated beaches daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The parks’ 51 outdoor pools are located in all five boroughs and are open seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a break from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

stay cool: For those staying close to home, the Parks Service has highlighted chilling features throughout the city on its Cool It! NYC map. The map helps people find the nearest outdoor pools, showers and water fountains in their neighborhood, as well as the greenest blocks and parks with the most shade to stay cool this summer.

Avoid dangerous falls: DOB reminds owners and tenants of the safety rules regarding the use of roofs, terraces, balconies and fire escapes. These regulations apply year-round and are particularly relevant this holiday weekend, as New Yorkers seek vantage points to view the July 4 fireworks. The unauthorized use of building roofs and emergency exits has tragically led to fatal falls in recent years, and the risk of fatal falls is increased when these spaces are overcrowded. New Yorkers should take safety precautions and not access building rooftops to watch fireworks unless the rooftop has an approved patio or other approved space for gatherings. Do not congregate to watch the fireworks on fire escapes, and do not lean out of a window or over a ledge or railing for a better view of the fireworks.

“As America approaches another anniversary, the city is committed to ensuring residents celebrate safely. From beaches to city streets, our resources will be dedicated to preventing unsafe behavior,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi. “I commend the mayor for using every tool at his disposal to keep New Yorkers safe.”

“The 4th of July weekend is a time to spend with family, friends and neighbours,” said Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Phil Banks. “Now is not the time for reckless or selfish behavior. Public safety is about the collective care of the community and each other. Drunk driving, the use of illegal fireworks, the “Excessive intoxication, aggressive driving and violence are the type of actions that can make a fun summer weekend bad for everyone. Safety is not accidental. It starts with awareness and self control.

“As New Yorkers celebrate this holiday weekend, we remind New Yorkers about safety, including reminding those who drive to act responsibly,” said DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez. “We encourage those celebrating to take public transport – but if you do get behind the wheel, there is no excuse for deadly driving that puts you and others at risk. We thank the mayor and the members of the police who keep our streets safe. »

“New Yorkers are blessed with a solid set of transportation alternatives — including more than 150,000 professionally licensed TLC drivers — to ensure there’s never a reason to drive. under the influence,” said TLC Curator David Do. “I urge New Yorkers to take advantage of these options, this weekend and always, to protect you and your fellow New Yorkers from dangerous driving.”

“This holiday weekend, please celebrate safely: If you plan to go to the beach, remember to swim only where lifeguards are on duty,” said Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue. “Lifeguards are there to protect you, so follow their lead, and if a beach is red-flagged, don’t enter the water.”

“We understand that New Yorkers have a special relationship with their rooftops, but the risk of a serious fall with life-altering consequences this holiday weekend is real. We want everyone to have a safe and happy 4th of July – and to do that, New Yorkers need to make sure they choose an appropriate location for their gatherings and to view the fireworks,” said DDN Commissioner Eric Ulrich. “Building owners and property managers should proactively reach out to their tenants and let them know that areas such as unsecured rooftops and fire escapes are not safe places to enjoy the 4th of July holiday.”

“As we head into the holiday weekend, the NYPD will step up enforcement to ensure all of our road users enjoy a safe Independence Day vacation,” said NYPD Transportation Chief Kim Y. Royster. “Our highly trained highway patrol units will laser focus on impaired drivers. They will work with our government partners to remove these drivers from our highways. Police will be extra vigilant to remove impaired drivers from our local streets. This year, we’re asking all New Yorkers to do their part and drive soberly. Road safety is public safety.