Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) will allocate additional police officers to conduct an extensive “STOP-DWI” enforcement initiative this Labor Day holiday weekend. This effective “STOP DWI” initiative, funded by DWI fines collected in Nassau County, allows the County to implement a saturation enforcement strategy that has proven very successful in years past.
“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. There will be additional police patrols throughout Nassau County and chances are if you drive drunk this weekend, you will be arrested,” said County Executive Mangano. “I urge everyone to be responsible and to plan accordingly not just this holiday weekend but always so that you and others return home safely to their loved ones.”
This year, 13 fatalities occurred on Nassau County roadways as a result of DWI and more than 1,300 arrests have been made due to DWI. In 2012, 71 DWI arrests were made in Nassau County over Labor Day weekend. County Executive Mangano reminds residents:
- If you plan to drink, choose a designated driver before going out
- Take mass transit, a cab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home
- Spend the night where the activity is being held
- Always buckle up – it is your best defense against a drunk driver
“I want everyone to enjoy this holiday weekend but also to also make responsible and smart decisions during their celebrations,” concluded County Executive Mangano.