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Rice: staking out the DWI issue

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has been one of most vocal voices against drunken driving during her first term.

That could be an asset in her Democratic Primary race for state attorney general against four other candidates because the deadliest days on the road coincide with the primary season.

This year, Labor Day is Sept. 6 and the Primary Day is Sept. 14.

“Today is the beginning of the 100 deadliest days of the year, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, so we need to be focused on why these are the 100 deadliest days. it’s because people go out and they make the bad decision to drink and drive,” Rice said at a Mineola news conference Friday.

Rice joined Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey for the preholiday warning to motorists against drinking and driving, and reminding them that highway patrols will be out in force this weekend. \[For Newsday coverage of the Nassau/Suffolk effort, see here.\]

Intentionally or not, Rice made it clear that the issue belongs to her, thanking Mangano for “joining me in this effort, this effort I have taken on since I became the D.A. back in 2006.”

“Immediately on becoming county executive, Mangano jumped on this bandwagon,” she added.


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