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More than 100 DWI arrests over Memorial Day weekend on Long Island

A Nassau County police sobriety checkpoint on May

A Nassau County police sobriety checkpoint on May 17, 2014 at Sunrise Highway and Grand Avenue in Baldwin. Photo Credit: News 12

The three major law enforcement agencies on Long Island reported making 128 arrests for drunken driving during the Memorial Day weekend.

That compares with 132 DWI arrests by those agencies over last year's holiday weekend, according to information released Tuesday by the State Police and the police departments of Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Nassau County police said 56 DWI arrests were made during the weekend, down from 60 last year.

County Executive Edward Mangano had announced Friday that Nassau was revamping its DWI program after Newsday and News 12 Long Island reported that drunken driving arrests had dropped steeply after the specialized DWI team was eliminated in 2011.

Suffolk County police said Tuesday that its officers had made 53 arrests during the weekend, a slight drop from the 55 last year.

State Police made 19 DWI arrests during the weekend, up from 17 during the same weekend last year, Trooper Frank Bandiero said.

In addition to those arrests, there were seven DWI arrests in Long Beach, city officials said.

On the East End, 13 people were arrested on charges of DWI and one for driving under the influence of drugs, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

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