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DWI enforcement stepped up over Labor Day holiday weekend on Long Island

Police in Nassau and Suffolk counties will be cracking down on motorists and boaters who operate their vehicles during the Labor Day holiday under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Both departments said in news releases Thursday its officers will concentrate on stopping offenders on roadways and waterways.

In Nassau, police are part of the state's STOP-DWI grant program, an initiative partially funded by drunken-driving fines. The department said it also will deploy its DWI Alcohol Related Incident Team "aimed at adding additional patrols" for the upcoming weekend.

The Nassau Highway Patrol Bureau also plans to target areas throughout the county, police said.

In Suffolk, a "comprehensive boating and driving while intoxicated crackdown" means officers from the Marine Bureau, Community Support Units, the Motorcycle Section and the SAFE-T (selective alcohol fatality enforcement) Section will be on patrol.

In addition, the Coast Guard urged boaters to use caution this weekend, especially because of recent high surf and rough waters, churned up by the aftermath of Hurricane Cristobal.

The agency said it would team with local law enforcement to watch "for people boating while intoxicated."

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