Nassau police beef up DWI patrols for July 4th

Nassau police are stepping up efforts to pursue drunk drivers on the 4th of July holiday, and the names of those caught under the influence behind the wheel will be made public. ?We?re going to do everything

News 12 Staff

Jul 2, 2008, 11:42 PM

Updated 5,854 days ago

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Nassau police are stepping up efforts to pursue drunk drivers on the 4th of July holiday, and the names of those caught under the influence behind the wheel will be made public.
?We?re going to do everything we can to catch the people who do it and make their lives miserable for putting everyone else?s life at risk,? says Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi.
The photographs of alleged drunk drivers will be posted on the wall of shame on the county?s Web site that showcases suspected drunk drivers.
The wall of shame project began in May when an alleged drunk driver rear-ended a patrol car, severely injuring an officer.
Since then, the site sparked a controversy, but DWI advocates say that drunk drivers deserve the bad publicity.
?All the boohooing and crying and excuses because their pictures get posted- too bad,? says Marge Lee, of DEDICATEDD. ?Do the right thing, don?t drink and drive, and your picture will not go up on the wall of shame.?
Since Memorial Day, Nassau police arrested 458 drunk drivers.
During the upcoming holiday weekend, they will put extra patrols on the streets and set up random checkpoints. In addition, they will introduce a new license plate reading device, which can read thousands of license plates and run them through the police database, spotting drivers with repeated violations.
Police do admit that it is impossible to get all the drunk drivers off the roads, but they will try.
Wade Crayton, of Amityville, who lost her fiancé to a drunk driver on Southern Sate Parkway in October, says people need to drink responsibly.
?In the long run,? she says, ?the outcome and the devastation that you cause is not worth it.?
Police say they will put extra patrols on the street beginning Thursday and continue throughout the weekend.


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