Lower East Side Leads Borough in DWI Arrests
With nightlife being such a key industry around here (over 359 licensed establishments), it makes sense that DWI infractions would be the highest on the Lower East Side. The New York Post reports this morning that DWI-related arrests nearly tripled this year in the Seventh Precinct, and that the neighborhood now leads the rest of Manhattan. Indeed, there have already been 67 such arrests since March 27!
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That’s a 209 percent increase compared to the first three months of 2009 and a staggering 825 percent increase over the same period in 2001.
The arrests reflect a 12 percent increase in licensed establishments serving liquor in the neighborhood in the first three months of this year.
To help combat such crimes, and to control the rowdiness, the NYPD has reportedly assembled a new Cabaret Unit which will patrol the area between the hours of 9 pm and 6 am. And that’s in addition to the Mounted Unit cavalry that has seemingly become a weekend mainstay, and cause of frequent fecal pileups in the streets.