Suffolk D.A. Announces Beefed-Up East End Patrols for Labor Day Weekend
Going into Labor Day weekend, which is considered the unofficial end of the summer season on the East End, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini announced that his office's East End D.W.I. Task Force will be on patrol this weekend.
"If you’re going to be out drinking, make a plan to get home safely. Officers on the East End D.W.I. Task Force will be out in force to crack down on impaired driving and to protect our roadways from motorists who make the reckless decision to drink or do drugs and get behind the wheel of a car," Mr. Sini said.
Officers will be deployed to several D.W.I. checkpoints "at strategic locations in high-traffic areas," a statement from his office said. The officers will have breathalyzers on hand to conduct field sobriety tests if they believe a driver has been drinking or doing drugs.
Since the East End D.W.I. Task Force was formed in 2012, it has made approximately 600 drunken-driving arrests on holidays and "peak tourism weekends." Labor Day weekend in 2017 saw nine people arrested.
The East End D.W.I. Task Force is made up of officers from the Suffolk County sheriff's office, the New York State Police Department, and the Suffolk County, East Hampton Town, East Hampton Village, Quogue, Riverhead, Sag Harbor, Shelter Island, Southampton Town and Village, Southold, and Westhampton Beach departments. It is funded through the D.A.'s asset forfeiture program and the Suffolk County STOP-D.W.I. program.
"The police departments on the East End do an outstanding job keeping residents and visitors safe year round, particularly during the summer season when the population explodes,” Mr. Sini said. “Through the East End D.W.I. Task Force, we are able to share and deploy resources in an even more effective, strategic way during holiday weekends and other times of high traffic. I thank and commend all the law enforcement officers on the task force for their work in ensuring that our roadways are safe from impaired drivers.”