EAST ISLIP - People hitting the water this holiday weekend to watch the fireworks are urged to stay safe and sober.

Islip Harbor police are promising to step up patrols on the Great South Bay from Brookhaven to Babylon and across to Fire Island, looking for overcrowded boats or boaters operating without the proper safety gear. There is also a big crackdown underway on drunken boating.

Boaters on the water at night with broken lights or no lights will also be stopped by police.

Town of Islip Councilman John Cochrane says he believes boaters are more aware of the dangers while on the water after accidents in recent years.

The Islip Harbor police say stepped-up patrols, in conjunction with the Suffolk County Marine Bureau and the Coast Guard, will take place during the entire summer.