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43 motorists charged with DWI in holiday crackdown

Thirty motorists were arrested on charges of drinking and driving during a span of 15 hours on Thanksgiving Eve and the morning of Thanksgiving Day, Nassau County police said yesterday.

"It's one of the busiest drinking days of the year," said department spokesman Det. Vincent Garcia. The number of arrests was comparable to those made last year during the same time period, he said.

Among the 30 people arrested from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 8 a.m. Thursday, 24 were men and six were women, Garcia said.

Of the total, 10 of those arrested were ages 21 to 25, and six were under 21, he said.

While those arrested were scheduled for arraignment Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead, several cases were not called before court closed for the day, and some people had to spend Thanksgiving night in jail.

In Suffolk County, 13 people were arrested on DWI charges between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 3 a.m. Thursday as the result of a sobriety checkpoint in Amityville Village - a joint effort of Amityville Village Police, Suffolk County police and Mothers Against Drunk Driving, according to the Amityville Village Police Department.

During those hours, all westbound traffic on Merrick Road at Riverside Avenue was diverted into a parking lot at Amityville High School, where drivers were screened.

"I expected some arrests given the holiday, but 13 arrests far exceeded our expectations," Sgt. Brian Scott of the Amityville Village force said in a news release.

Those arrested were arraigned at either the Amityville Village Police Department or First District Court in Central Islip.

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