Cops: Holiday DWI arrests up from last year across LI

Police on Long Island say results of their holiday weekend DWI crackdown are proof that anti-drunken driving measures are working. In Nassau County, officers rounded up 89 suspected offenders ? 15 more

News 12 Staff

Jul 11, 2008, 9:42 PM

Updated 5,846 days ago

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Police on Long Island say results of their holiday weekend DWI crackdown are proof that anti-drunken driving measures are working.
In Nassau County, officers rounded up 89 suspected offenders ? 15 more than last year at the same time. Suffolk police charged 63 people with DWI - more than double the number of drunken driving arrests from the same weekend of 2007.
Nassau police stepped up patrols along Hempstead Turnpike, where they say they made the majority of the arrests. Officers also began using electronic license plate readers to identify DWI offenders who shouldn't be behind the wheel.
Nassau Detective Lt. Kevin Smith says county police arrested as many drunken drivers as they could over the holiday weekend and that mug shots of those drivers will likely end up on the Wall of Shame.
The county has posted pictures and information of everyone who was arrested for drinking and driving since Memorial Day on the county?s Web site. County Executive Tom Suozzi has also asked the media to help spread the information.
However, not everyone believes the Wall of Shame is a good deterrent. Defense attorney Marc Gann says the Wall of Shame hasn't prevented people from driving drunk at all.
?The county has publicized this Wall of Shame for sometime now and it doesn't sound to me like the numbers of DWI arrests are going down,? Gann says.
DWI advocate Marge Lee says it?s just another tool police are using to try to save lives and that no one should be complaining about it.
Click for more on the debate over the Wall of Shame


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