Nassau Cops Plan Anti-DWI Sweep

Patrols will be increased during Labor Day weekend.

Nassau County Police are planing a major drunk driving enforcement sweep on Labor Day weekend, county officials said.

County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas V. Dale announced what they termed a "centralized STOP-DWI Enforcement" initiative, funded by a county grant.

Nassau's Highway Patrol Bureau will coordinate the additional patrols, which are funded by a grant derived from fines collected through DWI convictions. Some local police departments will be directly involved in the enforcement action.

“We will be targeting drunk drivers and looking to prevent the kind of senseless alcohol-related accidents that often occur during a holiday weekend," Mangano said in a statement. "There will be additional police patrols all around Nassau County and chances are if you drive drunk this weekend, you will be arrested.”

Last year on Labor Day weekend, from 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, through 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, police made 54 drunk driving arrests, officials said.

This year's added patrols will be visible during the holiday weekend on Friday and Saturday, as well as Saturday Sept. 8, county officials said.

While officials did not spell out the specific enforcement measures, in past years that has included DWI checkpoints.

While there will be no checkpoints in Port Washington this weekend, said Asst. Police Chief James Salerno, "but we are always looking for DWIs."

Dale said that violators will be prosecuted: “There will be no leniency shown to those who choose to drink and drive or those under the influence of drugs," Dale said.

The county officials issued these suggestions to those who venture out over the weekend:

  • If you plan to drink, choose a designated driver before going out.
  • Take mass transit, a cab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night where the activity is being held.
  • Always buckle up – it is your best defense against a drunk driver.

“We want everyone to enjoy this holiday weekend but also to also make responsible and smart decisions during their celebrations,” Mangano said.

John Gruber September 02, 2012 at 01:30 AM
where the hell do you get the TSA a from? Is this the same TSA you think that is filled with "sexual predators" that grope everyone? blows my mind...
LB Boardwalker September 03, 2012 at 07:19 AM
We all know that Long Beach is a beautiful place to live. We wouldn’t live here if it wasn’t. I have to admit, however, that I do occasionally get upset about how people from the outside view us, especially in relation to our refusal to obey our own local traffic laws. I don’t want to rain on our parade, or be a party-pooper, but when people from Staten Island, Brooklyn, or Westchester come down here to enjoy our beautiful beach, our 782 bars, or the annual “Art in the Plaza” event, and all they talk about afterwards is how we blow through Stop signs and red lights, speed down one-way streets while children play on them, our get into fist fights over who has the right to double or triple park in front of the liquor store, I feel embarrassed. What makes matters worse is that these “outsiders” use our behavior on the roads to justify other negative stereotypes about us, calling us insular, self-centered, ignorant, or self-destructive alcoholics. It just isn’t fair that the behavior of some of us—thirty or forty percent at the most, seriously—should spoil the “long beach image” for the rest of us. Okay, maybe fifty percent, tops.
Bob Binder a.k.a. "Vitaman" September 03, 2012 at 11:11 AM
A few people drove a half hour to Long Beach to have a drink at the juice bar at Bob's Natural Foods. They didn't need a designated driver when they went home.
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