Suffolk DA announces DWI task force

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.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Tens of thousands of Long Island students are 1 Thousands of students to opt out of state testing
Trump's road to the White House, paved in 2 Trump's 100-days vows: Hits, misses, unfinished business
According to police, Christopher Vorisek, of Farmingville was 3 Man arrested for DWI after fatal motorcycle crash in Selden
The blaze broke out at the Davidson Avenue 4 Firefighter injured while battling house fire in Lynbrook
United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions promised to 5 AG Sessions to MS-13 on LI: We are coming for you

advertisement | advertise on News 12


Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.