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Letters: Police must be more aggressive

Oneil Sharpe, Jr., 24, of Springfield Gardens, Queens,

Oneil Sharpe, Jr., 24, of Springfield Gardens, Queens, is escorted out of the Third Precinct in Bay Shore Monday morning, July 13, 2015, for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip. He's charged with DWI and fleeing the scene of a fatal accident Sunday. Credit: James Carbone

We've have seen two horrific car crashes on Long Island in the past two weeks that have taken seven lives. Authorities allege that in both cases, a driver had been drinking, which just adds to the waste and randomness for the innocent victims and their families ["Anti-DWI gear in all new cars," Editorial, July 21].

I am outraged at what I see displayed on New York City-area roads every day. I do a lot of driving for my job, mostly on Long Island. I taught my two young sons the basics of defensive driving. But when I see cars a half-car length behind someone going 75 to 80 mph, as well as the constant weaving in and out in heavy traffic, and the drivers looking at their cellphones, I'm amazed the fatalities and injuries aren't greater.

I beg our police departments to become much more vigilant and aggressive with these drivers. A state or local police cruiser every couple of exits on the Southern and Northern State parkways, as well as other roads, would benefit us all.

Mark Hecht, Merrick

In light of drunken- and impaired-driving incidents, apparently including the tragic death of a father and his two children July 12, one cannot help but wonder what it will take to curtail this public-safety crisis.

Public awareness of the issue and safe transportation alternatives have not succeeded in having people police themselves.

Until alcohol-interlock devices are standard on all vehicles, to prevent intoxicated drivers from starting the ignition, the only solution is aggressive enforcement by police. In addition, offenders must be prosecuted to the fullest extent.

The perception is that the odds of getting caught are low, and if you are caught, there will always be a deal on the table. Until that changes, the past will be doomed to repeat itself.

Thomas Young, Patchogue

Where is Newsday's sense of fairness in describing the specifics of the horrible tragedy that claimed the lives of those four beautiful, young women ["A celebration turns tragic," News, July 20]?

Your wording: "when an alleged drunken driver plowed his pickup truck into the limousine . . ." How about stating that the driver of the pickup truck had been unable to stop in time when the limousine driver was making a U-turn in front of him?

Could the truck driver have stopped if he had not been drinking? Who knows? But were it not for the U-turn, those girls would likely still be alive.

Patricia Curtis, Shelter Island

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