The New Castle Police Department will be increasing distracted driving enforcement. The initiative will include the use of unmarked vehicles to help identify distracted drivers on New Castle roads.
Chappaqua, New York – New Castle Town Supervisor Rob Greenstein has announced that New Castle will have zero tolerance for distracted driving. Rob Greenstein stated, “New Castle is willing to take a leadership role in fighting this growing destructive behavior. We have begun implementing initiatives we hope surrounding areas will consider as well. We are also working with Chappaqua residents Ben and Debbie Lieberman, who know all too much about this topic. They lost their nineteen (19) year old son Evan following a car collision caused by distracted driving. The Lieberman’s set up an organization to combat distracted driving known as “DORCs”–”Distracted Operators Risk Casualties.”
Ben Lieberman stated “We believe there is a need to tackle distracted driving in a similar fashion to how drunk driving was addressed decades ago. When we as a nation finally understood how lethal drunken driving was, and how vulnerable the innocent population was, we were outraged enough to do something about this behavior, both legally and socially. In a lot of ways we need to show more urgency with this current threat because Smartphone technology is so new and it is constantly evolving.” Read more ›
At 7:12 PM on September 23, 2014 New Castle Police received a 911 call stating that a man had overdosed on heroin at a residence on Quaker Road in Chappaqua. One minute later, New Castle Police arrived at the residence and were directed to an upstairs room where a 30 year old male was found to be unresponsive. Evidence at the scene suggested that the man had overdosed on heroin. Officer Arthur Mendoza had recently received training in recognition of opioid overdoses and was equipped to carry and administer the drug Naloxone in such emergencies. Naloxone is a drug which reverses the effects of opium based drugs. Officer Mendoza administered the drug and a short time thereafter the overdose victim became conscious and responsive to questions. Read more ›
At 9:11 PM on September 22 New Castle Police Received a 911 call from Chappaqua resident Gregory Calnon. Mr. Calnon reported that his wife, Marie Calnon had gone into labor and he believed the birth of the baby was imminent. Within 3 minutes, officers Raymond Bourbeau and Kraig Davenport of New Castle Police Department arrived at the Calnon residence just in time for officer Bourbeau to deliver a baby girl. Mr Calnon assisted in the delivery by relaying verbal instructions from Westchester County Department of Emergency Services telephone dispatch personnel. Mother and daughter were transported to Phelps Hospitol by Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Mr Calnon reports this morning that Mother and daughter are “Doing just fine.”
The New Castle Police Department has launched tip411, an internet based tool that enables the public to text message an anonymous tip to police, and lets the police respond back creating a two way anonymous “chat”.
The program is reserved exclusively for Public Safety purposes and is powered by Minnesota-based Citizen Observer.
Anyone with a cell phone can send an anonymous tip to the New Castle Police by texting the word NEWCPD followed by the tip information to 847411 (tip411). Read more ›