Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Edward Webber will announce a crackdown on boating and driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol at a press conference on August 31 at the Suffolk County Police Department’s Marine Bureau in Great River.
Suffolk County Police will be patrolling for DWI and BWI offenders on Suffolk roads and waterways. The enforcement effort will include sobriety checkpoints, DWI saturation patrol and an enhanced motorcycle enforcement initiative, all funded by grant money. Those participating in the increased enforcement effort are officers from the Marine Bureau, Community Oriented Police Enforcement (COPE) Units, the Aggressive Driving Task Force, the Motorcycle Section, the SAFE-T (Selective Alcohol Fatality Enforcement) Section as well as standard patrols.
“Unfortunately lives have been lost this summer because people have chosen to operate a boat or drive a vehicle under the influence,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “We are asking residents to make responsible decisions to ensure a safe holiday for themselves and others this weekend.”
“Too often, police respond to crashes during which people are injured or killed due to a driver’s irresponsible actions,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Edward Webber. “Our officers will be saturating the roads and waterways looking for drunk or drugged operators as well as those violating vehicle and traffic laws.”
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