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Nassau steps up BWI patrols this weekend

A Nassau County Police boat on patrol in

A Nassau County Police boat on patrol in Reynolds Channel. (Oct. 21, 2010) Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

The Nassau County Police Department will be cracking down on drunken boating this weekend.

The department will have extra officers on the water as part of a county Boating While Intoxicated Enforcement Initiative.

"Boaters are warned to arrange for a designated and qualified operator to drive their boat on our waters," County Executive Edward Mangano said in a statement announcing the beefed up enforcement.

The program comes as part of a broader push to curb drunken boating.

"Boaters beware, if you choose to drink and operate a vessel on the waterways of Nassau County, you will be arrested," Police Commissioner Thomas Dale said.

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