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Cops: More than 100 holiday DWI arrests

Suffolk County reported an increase in arrests for driving while intoxicated during the holiday weekend, and Nassau County said it had roughly the same activity as last year.

Forty-nine people were arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated in Nassau County during the July Fourth weekend, one less than the holiday weekend last year, police said Tuesday.

Two people were arrested in Nassau on charges of boating while intoxicated, Nassau police said, and none were arrested on those charges last year.

Nassau tracked arrest activity from 7 p.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Suffolk police said 67 people were charged with driving while intoxicated between 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, and two people were accused of boating while intoxicated.

During a similar period last year, there were 53 DWI arrests and no BWI arrests in Suffolk County, a police spokeswoman said.

Nassau and Suffolk police said they had deployed extra officers on land and sea to combat the three scourges of the holiday weekend: drunken drivers, intoxicated boaters and people shooting off illegal fireworks.

In Suffolk, some of the increase in DWI arrests was attributed to an aggressive driving task force, composed of one sergeant and nine police officers. The task force was created in April.

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