Suffolk DA announces DWI task force

Suffolk officials are cracking down on drunken drivers this Memorial Day weekend. Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota says he has formed a DWI task

RIVERHEAD - Suffolk officials are cracking down on drunken drivers this Memorial Day weekend. Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota says he has formed a DWI task force to target Long Island's East End this weekend. He says 17 additional patrol cars will be out on Suffolk roadways as part of a task force that will cooperate across jurisdictional boundaries. Prosecutors say the problem of drunk and drugged drivers has turned into an epidemic on the East End, with 1,200 DWI arrests last year alone. To speed up the processing of DWI suspects, the Suffolk sheriff says they will deploy a mobile precinct to known hot spots around the Hamptons. After a field sobriety test, officials say the suspects will be led into the back of the mobile precinct, where they'll be kept in a holding cell for 20 minutes for observation. Afterward, they will either take a Breathalyzer test or have their blood drawn by a medical professional. The task force will also include drug recognition experts, who are trained to spot impairment by prescription narcotics. The DWI task force will take to the streets this weekend and on random days throughout the summer.

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