Police departments all over Nassau County will be cracking down on drunken drivers this Labor Day weekend, county officials announced Tuesday.
The Nassau police and several village police departments are participating this weekend in the STOP-DWI enforcement initiative, which will include increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints.
"Police officers 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 announcing the annual effort. "There will be additional police patrols throughout Nassau County and chances are if you drive drunk this weekend, you will be arrested."
The STOP-DWI initiative is funded by a grant from the New York State STOP-DWI Coordinators Foundation through the Governors Traffic Safety Committee, officials said.
Last year, the same effort resulted in 47 DWI arrests in the county, officials said.
There were 18 fatal driving while intoxicated accidents on Nassau roadways last year, officials said. To date, there have been more than 1,500 DWI arrests this year and a total of 2,477 DWI arrests last year, officials said.
In addition to the Nassau police, the following agencies are participating: Garden City, Glen Cove, Great Neck Estates, Hempstead, Kensington, Kings Point, Lake Success, Long Beach, Lynbrook, Muttontown, Old Brookville, Old Westbury, Port Washington and Rockville Centre.
The county executive added: "I urge everyone to be responsible and to plan accordingly not just this holiday weekend but always so that you and others return home safely to their loved ones."