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Suffolk, Nassau to crack down on drunken drivers, impaired boaters this Labor Day holiday weekend

If you're going to drink this Labor Day weekend, don't drive -- and don't operate a boat, either -- police in Nassau and Suffolk are warning.

Cops in both counties said they will be cracking down on drunken drivers and impaired boat operators this weekend.

"Police are taking a zero-tolerance approach with those who drink and get behind the wheel of a car or boat," Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said in a statement.

In Suffolk, that crackdown not only means regular patrol officers will be on the lookout for offenders, but also officers from the Marine Bureau, Community Support Units, Motorcycle Section and SAFE-T (Selective Alcohol Fatality Enforcement) Section.

Police departments all over Nassau also will be cracking down on drunken drivers.

The Nassau police and several village police departments are participating this weekend in the STOP-DWI enforcement initiative, which will include increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints.

"Police officers will be targeting drunk drivers and looking to prevent the kind of senseless alcohol-related accidents that often occur during a holiday weekend," Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said earlier this week in a statement announcing the annual effort. "There will be additional police patrols throughout Nassau County and chances are if you drive drunk this weekend, you will be arrested."

The STOP-DWI initiative is funded by a grant from the New York State STOP-DWI Coordinators Foundation through the Governors Traffic Safety Committee, officials said.

In addition to the Nassau police, the following agencies also will participate in the crackdown: Garden City, Glen Cove, Great Neck Estates, Hempstead, Kensington, Kings Point, Lake Success, Long Beach, Lynbrook, Muttontown, Old Brookville, Old Westbury, Port Washington and Rockville Centre.

With Nicole Fuller

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