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Cops: Dozens of impaired drivers arrested over holiday weekend

A DWI checkpoint was set up on Friday

A DWI checkpoint was set up on Friday off Sunrise Highway in Patchogue during the holiday weekend. Credit: Stringer News Service

Long Island law enforcement agencies arrested 96 impaired motorists during the Memorial Day weekend, officials said Tuesday.

From Friday through Monday, Suffolk police arrested 37 drivers accused of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, many of whom were nabbed at sobriety checkpoints, according to a police spokeswoman.

Nassau police arrested 36 motorists during the same four-day period, a department spokesman said.

State Police arrested 12 people this year, a spokesman said.

The Suffolk County district attorney’s office’s East End DWI Task Force, composed of law officers from 10 towns and villages as well as members of county and State Police and the Suffolk sheriff’s office, made an additional 11 DWI arrests this past weekend, according to Sheila Kelly, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Timothy Sini. Those were five in Riverhead Town and six in Southampton Town, Kelly said.

During the 2017 Memorial Day weekend, Suffolk made 49 arrests of people accused of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. State Police arrested 14 people in 2017. Nassau did not respond to requests for details about its arrests last year.

Funding for Nassau’s and Suffolk’s increased patrols come from the state’s Traffic Safety Committee Safe Driving Enforcement grant and Stop-DWI grant, officials said.

With Ellen Yan

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