Suffolk officials split over policy dealing with wrong-way crashes

County Executive Steve Levy (R-Suffolk) and some of the county's top law enforcement officials appear to be at odds over how many police officers should

HAUPPAUGE - County Executive Steve Levy (R-Suffolk) and some of the county's top law enforcement officials appear to be at odds over how many police officers should be on the roads to prevent wrong-way accidents.Levy says he wants to use helicopters and special patrol units at strategic intersections. However, Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota and Sheriff Vinny DeMarco said during a joint press conference today that more patrol officers are needed to stop wrong-way DWI crashes."I still think, though, that rather than having a helicopter in the air at tremendous expense, I'd rather see police officers," Spota said. DeMarco added that having police officers on the ground allows for more flexibility and decreases the use of overtime for enhanced patrols during the holidays.Levy says he has allocated more manpower to the sheriff's office since 2003 and doubled the DWI unit, adding that traffic fatalities and crashes are down compared to previous years. Both the district attorney and the sheriff claim there is no policy clash with Levy over the use of helicopters. E. Setauket man facing DWI charges in wrong-way crashDriver facing charges in wrong-way crash slated for top Dowling job

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Dozens of people are protesting in front of 1 Dozens protest in Hempstead over mall tax break
A rally is taking place along Route 347 2 'Sister march' held in Port Jeff Station in solidarity with DC event
3 Man accused of running illegal gambling club in Huntington Station
Anyone with information is urged to call Nassau 4 Police: Woman robbed in East Meadow Walgreens attack
Police say 76-year-old Walter Kneibert lost control of 5 Man killed, wife injured in West Islip crash

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

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.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE