County Executive Mangano unveils STOP DWI program

OLD WESTBURY - In preparation for Labor Day weekend, County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) today unveiled the STOP DWI zero-tolerance program.

As part of the program, police will step up patrols to find and apprehend drunken drivers.

"We're not telling people not to have a good time, but to have a responsible time," Mangano says.

Mangano was joined by families of victims of alcohol-related accidents, who shared their stories of losing loved ones to drunken drivers.

"People just don't understand, things happen when you drink and drive," says Margaret Rebholz, of Islip Terrace, whose 16-year-old son was killed in a DWI accident.

The county executive says the program is being funded by DWI fines collected in the county. The money is then spread out to police departments across Nassau to help put more patrols on the streets.

Officials say there were 68 DWI arrests in the county last Labor Day weekend, and 55 this past Memorial Day weekend.

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